The Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace was founded in 1996 by Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s President and CEO Chaplain Clementina Chéry, so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. When Chaplain Chéry’s son, Louis, was murdered she wondered how she could grieve her son on Mother’s Day and also celebrate her living children. Twenty-six years later, the Walk for Peace continues to be a powerful way to honor loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our shared responsibility of peacemaking.
The Walk is organized by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Center of Healing, Teaching and Learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief and loss.
Last year in the United States, approximately 27,500 people were murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate family members directly impacted by that death. It is safe to say that this year there are at least 275,000 new survivors of homicide victims dealing with the emotional, physical and financial stress of losing a loved one to a traumatic death, such as murder.
This statistic doesn’t include the extended family members, classmates, colleagues, teachers, students or the families who are impacted by a loved one committing a murder. The toll of homicide graves the entire community and creates a large demand for the resources and the support that the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute offers.
26th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace Co-Chairs
Chaplain Clementina Chéry, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute President/ CEO Dr. Kevin Tabb, President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Lahey Health Latoyia Edwards, Emmy Award-winning Anchor on NBC 10 Boston and NECN Cindy Diggs, Peace Commissioner
Survivor Committee Co-chairs: Natasha Carrington, Deborah Morris-Covington, Beverly Parham
The 26th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace is organized by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.