In Dallas: Dr. Maya Angelou to be Keynote Speaker for Voices of Peace Event

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Dr. Maya Angelou to be Keynote Speaker for “Voices of Peace” Event
Hope for Peace & Justice to honor, celebrate activist’s life and work

Dallas, Texas – January 7, 2008 – Hope for Peace & Justice will present “Voices of Peace” on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The event will honor one of the greatest peacemakers of our time, Dr. Maya Angelou, who also will be the keynote speaker. Hope for Peace & Justice will present Dr. Angelou with the first “Voice of Peace” award in recognition of a life lived in the pursuit of peace and justice. The afternoon also will celebrate Dr. Angelou’s 80th birthday, which is April 4.

In addition, the Meyerson will be filled with music. The Voices of Peace Chorus, under the direction of Timothy Seelig, will include singers from The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, the Turtle Creek Chorale, One Achord, the Cathedral of Hope Sanctuary Choir, and MosaicSong. The chorus will be accompanied by the New Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the Meyerson Symphony Center’s spectacular Lay Family Organ. The male chorus from the First Baptist Church, Hamilton Park also will be featured. The afternoon will culminate with all 2,000 in attendance raising their voices for peace.

Voices of Peace” will help launch a month-long, worldwide effort by the international organization Song of Peace, The organization is hoping to encourage one million people around the world to sing “Dona Nobis Pacem” (give us peace) in their community, church, synagogue, school or even on a street corner, loudly proclaiming that peace in our world is of fundamental importance. The month of March was chosen to observe the fifth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq on March 18, 2003.

Individual tickets for the March 1 event range in price from $30-$100 and are available at Individual and corporate sponsorships also are available by contacting Executive Director Jim Powell at 214-351-1432.

Hope for Peace & Justice, based in Dallas, Texas is equipping progressive people of faith to be champions for peace and justice by creating progressive faith-based activists; a cultural orientation/bias toward peace and justice through the arts and artists; and faith-based practitioners of peace. Serving a national membership through web-based programming, Hope for Peace & Justice seeks to give voice to principles such as the creation of a culture of peace rather than war, equal rights for all people not just the majority, and education as a means of societal transformation rather than economic separation. Hope for Peace & Justice is partnering with the Cathedral of Hope to build the Philip Johnson-designed Interfaith Peace Chapel.
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