Josh Pate: What does peace mean to you? What does standing in a big peace sign mean for ‘peace’?
Jessie Blowers: Number one, it’s literally a giant symbol to the world that there are this many people who stand in the name of peace. Number two, it’s a huge communal accomplishment to get everyone together to recognize that we all share this common value. We all want personal peace, we all want peace between each other, and I think peace means something different to everybody. It’s also about encouraging activism, so we have different non-profits that are coming out to table at the event like Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, WAND, Relay for Life, Invisible Children and these are all really good causes. We want to make the point that if everyone contributed an hour a month, imagine what kind of difference it would make in the world. I think that’s what it’s about too, increasing a renewed sense of activism.
JP: So, the KSU Peace Project is being activists for activism. Do you see a decay in activism, especially student activism?
JB: Absolutely. Think about the 60’s and 70’s when it was a part of the culture. It was a movement. We have all of the tools of social media and the Internet and where did that activism go?
JP: Do you see this as a springboard for which other students can be involved in and possibly affect their behaviors in the future?
JB: Exactly, and the alumni association is helping to create this peace legacy as well.
JP: What bands are performing?
JB: Yes, we will have Emanuel Jal, he is an international hip-hop artist and he used to be a child soldier in Sudan. Now he promotes peace and raises awareness about what is going on in his home country through music. He’s won some awards and he’s internationally known for his song, “War Child.” He’s actually going to do a lecture on the 27th here at KSU before his performance. We do have a local Atlanta band, Finster, some acoustic performances by Sarah Crawford, one other artist, and maybe a DJ.
JP: And you’re inviting everybody, it’s not just college students, it’s families and high school students as well.
JB: Exactly, it’s open to the community and we need as many people there as possible.
JP: And the Mayor, Mark Mathews is on board too, right?
JB: Yes, I visited the town hall meeting and he mentioned how the city of Kennesaw would like to strengthen the relationship with Kennesaw State University. I think he realizes it’s an opportunity to bring international attention to not just the school, but the city in general. Most people, if they’re from Kennesaw, they say they are from Atlanta, because that’s the city that people know. I think that will change after this.
The KSU Peace Project presents this opportunity for everyone to "give peace a chance," March 31, for free on the Campus Green.
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