Contributed by Ricky De Sena
On September 19th, 2019, CARP University of Bridgeport (UB) and Youth and Students for Peace (YSP) co-hosted an event, Sing for Peace, in the UB Student Center with 60 people in attendance. As a university with strong ties to the United Nations and 20 percent of the student body from over 80 different countries, Sing for Peace’s purpose was to promote worldwide harmony and peace with musical expression.
Each of the eight different performers contributed a song or performance that expressed their desires or views on peace in celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated every year on September 21st.
We had both local artists, like Abe Deshotel, Kent Hoffman, Arman, and UB’s Gospel Choir, and artists from out-of-state, like Sunhwa Reiner, Peter Reiner, and Jason Melchiorre.
We also invited two speakers to give messages of peace: Dr. Tyler Hendricks talked about God, True Love, and Peace, and Puntsho Choden spoke about her experiences with violence in Afghanistan.
To create this event, we combined one of CARP’s core values to promote peace and contribute to a world of peace with our passion for music. We had fun creating a space where the peace was made real through music. Thank you to all of our performers, speakers, and audience who made this event special!