Last Sunday the United N Peace Festival/Rally (UP Fest) came to Magic Johnson Park. The festival kicked off with a huge showing of various motorcycle clubs that rode through the cities and unincorporated areas of Compton, Los Angeles, Watts, Long Beach, Gardena, Inglewood, Carson, Paramount, and Lynwood. The bikers returned to the park where they were joined by scores of Low-Rider Car clubs – to make for an awesome showing of one of the largest collection of beautiful motorcycles and classic cars around.
But the focus of the day was to bring the various communities of the greater L.A. area together to promote peace and unity. Treyvon Martin was remembered throughout the day……however the festival organizers wanted the people who came out to this grand event to really appreciate the scope of senseless violence inflicted upon our own youth. Minister Tony Muhammad, one of the event organizers said that too many of our black and brown youth are dying in the streets…..and mostly at the hands of each other. That has to stop he said. So he and other community leaders formed the United for Peace Foundation in October 2012. The purpose of the foundation is to unite people of all faiths, all colors, and all creeds, for a peaceful Los Angeles.
But getting back to the festival. During the afternoon gospel acts entertained the public along with rappers, spoken word artists, and jazz musicians. People from the audience were allowed to dance in front of the stage area, and the mood was filled with fun, laughter, prayer, and hope. Hope that one day soon the senseless violence in our communities will cease.
Elected officials from the various cities attended and spoke to the people……urging them to do all that they can to promote peace and unity in their neighborhoods. Everyone was invited to participate in the “peace pledge” (aka Million Man March Pledge) which was read aloud by Minister Tony, to encourage us all to agree to the points in the pledge.
In addition to the concert at the festival, there was free food, jumpers and other activities for the youth, vendors with information and merchandise, and everyone in attendance was given a free packet of booklets titled “The Way to Happiness” a common sense guide to better living. Great job Minister Tony (and committee) for a wonderful event. For more info: on UP FEST go to www.upfest.org Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.685708981443620.1073741849.527476793933507&type=1