This year, founder of Peace One Day, Jeremy Gilley, has recruited 5-time GRAMMY nominated hip-hop star Akon to headline Peace One Day’s event in Goma, an eastern city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We’d love for you to consider Akon and/or Gilley and their plans and efforts for Peace Day 2014 for any pieces you might be working on.
This year, on September 21st, Akon will perform a free concert in front of over 50,000 fans at the Goma International Airport—the first time in history that the airport has ever been closed for a mass public event. Akon will follow in the footsteps of music legend Elton John along with Bryan Adams and Lenny Kravitz, who have headlined the Peace One Day concert in previous years. Below, I’ve included additional information about Peace One Day’s impact for your consideration.
Founded in 1999 by the British documentary filmmaker and actor Jeremy Gilley, Peace One Day seeks to institutionalize the International Day of Peace, making it an annual, self-sustaining day of global unity and intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. The establishment of Peace One Day’s non-profit organization was instrumental in the 2001 United Nations’ unanimous adoption of the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence—Peace Day.
Gilley has personally engaged leading celebrities in Peace One Day, including the cause’s ambassador Jude Law, along with Angelina Jolie, Forest Whitaker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessie J and Jonny Lee Miller.
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