TOPEKA (KSNT) – More than 150 people met in Topeka Thursday night to join in a party, a Peace Party.
The Peace Party is an annual event put on by the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. Organizers say it’s an opportunity to celebrate the strides the community is making toward peace.
“Not only in Topeka, but the whole world needs peace and I think that it’s kind of inherent in our nature that all human beings are striving for peace,” says Imam Omar Hazim, who was an award recipient at the party.
The mission of Topeka Center for Peace and Justice is to provide peace through education and action. To do so, they partner with several local organizations throughout the year to encourage diversity and acceptance.
Each year they celebrate the progress they’ve made, as well as recognize local peace builders in the community, at their annual party.
“These are people that have gone beyond the call of duty to respond to peace and justice issues, and have worked toward bringing together reconciliation and people where ever justice is needed to be fought for,” says Executive Director, Dr. Jim McCollough.
Six people were recognized at tonight’s reception.