International Day of Peace, Specials Thanks to Bronx Pioneers of Peace

Today on International Day of Peace we’d like to recognize our Bronx heroes, whose work has brought peace and hope to our community.

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a leading provider of after school and summer programs for youth in New York City. During the 2015-2016 year, the Madison Square club welcomed 5,000 youth ages 6 to 18 as members, with an average daily attendance of 954 youth.

Elizabeth Ortiz, Director of the Arts at Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s Columbus Clubhouse in the Bronx, a former Boys & Girls Club member who has devoted her career to empowering and mentoring local youth.

Karen Washington of Rise and Root Farm, a New Yorker who has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access fresh, locally grown food.

Daniel Hauben, an artist born and raised in the Bronx whose work captures the beauty of the urban landscape.

Universal Hip Hop Museum, an institution honoring Hip Hop music, a medium that since its inception has addressed “social issues of rebellion, racism, urban strife, social injustice and economic inequality of urban communities.”-UHHM

Thank you to all of those mentioned above, and to others throughout the Bronx Community and New York who are dedicated to promoting and cultivating peace around the world.