The Community Peace Celebration was founded in response to violence that occurred in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul in 1996, a traveling Peace Pole with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages visited 30 neighborhood sites.
In June of 1997, the first Community Peace Celebration (CPC) was held. It brought healing words from community leaders along with music and dance by local performers to cultivate the meaning of Peace and a shared vision of cooperative relationships.
The CPC has evolved into a network of neighbors, community organizations, local businesses, artists and youth utilizing their superpowers for peace in one space. This powerful convening seeks to disrupt cycles of oppression, violence, and poverty through art, community health, education, youth empowerment, and reconciliation discussions.
Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. - Desmond Tutu
The Peace Celebration is a movement to cultivate healthy community and cultural values, promote Peace Poles and a message of Peace, and create a shared vision of cooperative relationships within Community - locally and globally. We are Peaceful Justice Warriors, moving forward for social justice using a platform of Peace to dismantle systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
Rondo/Summit-University, Frogtown and surrounding neighborhoods are nurturing and cultivating spaces and places of Peace. Community members have ownership of their communities, feel safe, and create a culture of Justice and Peace.