24 Hours of Peace

Labor Day weekend in Newark means “24 Hours of Peace.” From Friday, September 2 at 6pm to Saturday, September 3 at 6pm, stars and superstars performed and an aura of peace, love, unity, and joy settled on the gathered crowds from around the city. Ten years ago, then Newark City Council Member Ras J. Baraka, representing the South Ward, began the tradition in that ward. When he became mayor, he continued the event citywide.

Co-host with Mayor Baraka this year was Golden Globe, Grammy, and Primetime Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated Rapper, Singer, and Actress Queen Latifah. Headlining the Saturday show Singer/Songwriter, Author, Music and TV Producer Faith Evans, a graduate of Newark’s University High School, wowed the audience. Popular artists Fabolous, CL Smooth, and Co-Founder of 24 Hours of Peace Hakim Green filled out the day’s sensational roster.

Performances on Sunday by Rowdy Rebel, Fivio Foreign, G Herbo, and 2Rare ended the weekend on a hip-hop high note.

The annual event advocates a violence-free community by creating a “time-out” for 24 hours, promoting community-building for parents, children, artists, business owners, and faith and community-based organizations. The event-goers also had access to retail and food vendors, community resource information, poetry session, town hall meeting, Hip-hop and mental health forum, and a midnight movie.

“The 24 Hours of Peace event is more than an occasion to enjoy entertainment, food, poetry, and movies,” Mayor Baraka said. “It is a time for our residents to unify, to get access to important resources and information, to share ideas and solutions at a town hall meeting and join together to end violence and move a peaceful Newark forward.”

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