This Way Toward Healing


Every year in the United States, approximately 15,000 people are murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate people directly impacted by that loss. It is safe to say each year there are at least 150,000 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 is not including extended family members, classmates/colleagues, teachers/students, entire communities. Nor does this number include families who are impacted by a loved one committing a murder. Together we can heal and have an impact. 

The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace. Join us on Mother’s Day to rise up and tip the scale towards justice for all families impacted by murder.  

The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. Help us raise our goal of $400,000 so we can continue to work to tip the scale toward justice for families and communities that are stigmatized by murder. Invest in peace this Mother’s Day - Sunday, May 10, 2020! 


MA Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley
MA State Representative Marjorie Decker
Kevin Tabb, MD, President and CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Chaplain Clementina Chery, CEO and President, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Honorary Committee

Councilor Frank Baker
Councilor Timothy McCarthy
Senator William Brownsberger
State Representative Liz Miranda
State Representative Daniel Cullinane
State Representative  Russell Holmes

Governor Charlie Baker
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Attorney General Maura Healey
District Attorney Rachael Rollins
City Council President Andrea Campbell
Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu
Councilor At-Large Annissa Esaibi-George
Councilor Lydia Edwards
Councilor Ed Flynn


The Mother's Day Walk for Peace started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. Twenty-three years later, the Mother’s Day Walk continues to be a powerful way to honor our loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our shared responsibility to create more peaceful communities.

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, grief, trauma, and loss


Event Logistics

Sunday, May 10, 2020
START: Town Field Park, Fields Corner
1520 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122

Onsite Registration – 6am
Program – 8am
Walk launches – 8:30am

Free Parking is available on Sunday, May 12 at 500-520 Geneva Ave lot in Dorchester. ***Note cars need to be moved by 12:30pm.
There is also free ample on street parking in the area.


Total route: 6.8 miles 2.5-3hrs walk time
From Madison Park HS to City Hall: 3 miles 1-1.5hrs walk time

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Walk Route

Start Town Field, Dorchester (1520 Dorchester Ave)

Turn right onto Park St 0.1 mi
Turn right onto Geneva Ave 0.6 mi
Turn Right onto Bowdoin St 0.7 mi
Slight left onto Hancock St 0.4 mi
Turn right onto Columbia Rd 0.1 mi
Turn left onto Dudley St 0.5 mi

Continue onto Malcolm X Blvd
Slight right onto Tremont St 1.9 mi
Continue onto Oak St W 371 ft
Turn left onto Washington St 0.8 mi
End Boston City Hall Square

Total route: 6.8 miles 2.5-3hrs walk time

From Madison Park HS to City Hall: 3 miles 1-1.5hrs walk time

3 miles  1-1.5hrs to City Hall
For those wanting to walk a shorter distance.
Madison Park High School
75 Malcolm X Blvd, ROXBURY CROSSING, MA 02120

Day of Registration at Madison:  7:00 am
Program at Madison: 9:00 am
Estimated lauch from Madison with walkers coming from Town Field: 9:45am

Parking available at lot 1 of Roxbury Community College at the corner of Columbus Ave. and New Heath St.

Closing Ceremony at City Hall: 11:00 am



The Food Project
555 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
650 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125

St. Patrick’s Church
Corner of Dudley St and 10 Magazine St, Roxbury, MA 02119

Madison Park High School
75 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Boston Fire Department
700 Tremont St.  (in between W. Concord + Rutland)
Boston, MA 02118

Wang YMCA of Chinatown**
YMCA of Greater Boston
8 Oak Street West
Boston, MA 02116
**Walkers must show I.D. to enter and it will be held until Walker departs**
**All Children under 18 must be accompanied by an Adult with and I.D.**

Read our Frequently Asked Questions here.