Last week, students at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School hosted their 6th Annual Peace Block Party. The event has become a well-recognized tradition at the South Bronx high school, after the students saw many of their friends fall victim to senseless acts of violence in their community in 2010. Refusing to accept that tragedy should be a part of their everyday life, they decided to take action. They organized the Peace Block Party to promote a student led anti-drug and anti-violence movement.
This year the student organizers are continuing the school tradition, with an added opportunity for their peers—amidst exams and extracurricular activities—to just have fun. The event at the Children’s Aid community school featured face painting, basketball contests, double-dutch, and button-making activities.