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Grateful for a summer sowing peace



Thank you to each and every person who planned, partnered with, supported, promoted and attended the 25th Annual Community Peace Celebration and Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Jubilee event on June 19!


The joyous celebration was filled with kindness, good food, great music, and amazing artistry. We are grateful for our host the renowned and cherished T. MYCHAEL RAMBO and were wowed by an amazing group of performers, including: The Rondo All-Stars, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, Irreducible Grace Foundation, Pathways to Peace, and Public Art Saint Paul.


Our partner, the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Jubilee (SPCPJ), launched their first annual event by sharing wonderful meals, food demonstrations and gift giveaways. They shared immersive experiences such as the “Community Catalyst Heroes'' exhibit which uplifted community entrepreneurs and leaders. Attendees were gifted with a reading of KUMBAYA, a play by SPCPJ founder Rose McGee, which paid homage to the spirit of Juneteenth and celebrated the resilience and strength of Black community.


We were honored to have proclamations for the Juneteenth holiday and Community Peace Celebration recognition by both Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.


The community had the opportunity to pay a live tribute to Brother Melvin Giles, the founder and guiding force for the Community Peace Celebration during these 25 years.


We are so grateful for another opportunity to sow seeds of peace and justice in the Frogtown Rondo, Saint Paul and broader Twin Cities and look forward to using this great energy to continue to build our beloved community. We hope that you will join us on September 25, 2021 for our fall Peace Celebration event in partnership with Public Art Saint Paul. RSVP on the link below.


From left: Jane Powers, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Melvin Giles, Rose McGee, and Mayor Melvin Carter  pose around proclamation plaque
From left: Jane Powers, Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Melvin Giles, Rose McGee, and Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter



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