By Daylyn Huff
Grand Rapids Community College’s English Department presented World Peace Day for students on Thursday, Sept. 19 that included guest speakers, free snacks and jewelry-making.
International Day of Peace is a United Nations Holiday celebrated each year on Sept. 21. It is a day that celebrates peace, love and acceptance for all.
World Peace Day took place at the Olivarez Student Plaza and was celebrated by students with a free chocolate-covered pretzel station along with free cookies, handmade bracelets with beads from Ghana and more.
Students did not shy away from expressing their opinions about today’s society through art that covered the sidewalks. Artist Madi Vanlaan, 19, describes what World Peace Day means to her.
“Today is about unity and coming together, no matter your background, personal beliefs or values and coming together to make the world a more livable place,” Vanlaan said.
Students were also gifted with the chance to hear from guest speakers Fable and his Diatribe and English Professor Maryanne Lessert, who gave a speech on climate change/action.
Professor Lessert’s speech served a purpose of alerting students about climate change and how taking care of our planet goes hand in hand when speaking about World Peace Day.
“Now action is a word that can be overwhelming, it could be down right scary,” Professor Lessert said. “In fact, it makes us feel inadequate when the call to act comes in. But the good news is, there are unlimited ways to address climate action and peace by honoring each in our own way.”
Any students who were not able to attend the spoken word presented by Fable and his Diatribe have the opportunity to attend The Grand Showcase from 10:30 a.m – 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 at The Fountain Street Church.