Village Books and the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center present “Violent Pasts, Peaceful Futures,” the 15th annual International Day of Peace celebration in Bellingham.
Starting at 6 p.m., we will serve a buffet dinner. Community groups will table during a dinner-hour info fair, sharing ways to get involved with local efforts for peace and justice. The program, featuring folk singer Naomi Wachira and writer Rena Priest, begins at 7 p.m. sharp, and also includes the presentation of the Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker award.
Entry to International Day of Peace is free of charge. The dinner costs $5-20 per person on a sliding scale; all donations will benefit the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, which relies on donations from individual supporters.
Attendees are encouraged to carpool and use public transportation when able. Parking will be allowed in the dentist office lots at Forest and Maple streets. The venue is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp at the main entrance on N. Forest Street. We intend to offer ASL interpretation; please contact us to confirm. Childcare will be provided.
About the headliner:
Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential for song to make the world a better place and set out to create music that is “poignant, hopeful and life-giving.” Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, she has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly, and has cultivated a growing base of enthusiastic fans. She has released four recordings to date–“African Girl” (2012), “Naomi Wachira” (2014), “I am Because You Are” (2015), and “Song of Lament” (2017).
Rena Priest is a Lummi tribal member and a writer. Her work draws on history, scientific ephemera, and pop culture to tell stories and seek truths. Her debut book, Patriarchy Blues, was released on MoonPath Press and garnered a 2018 American Book Award. She has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School and a writer in residence at Works on Water and Underwater New York. As a National Geographic Explorer, her next project will be to write about regional efforts to repatriate an endangered Southern Resident orca from an amusement park in Florida. She has taught various topics in writing, storytelling, and literature at Northwest Indian College, Fairhaven College, and Western Washington University. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Bellingham.
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