This summer Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania was proud to send young men from Peaceful Posse and their mentor Corey Davis to Washington, DC for a weekend of fun and inspiration.
One of the goals of Peaceful Posse is to provide role models who offer positive guidance and inspiration. At points during the year, we have brought in local professional to share their personal journeys highlighting struggles and successes along the way. This year PSR PA took this a step further by taking four young men to the nation's capital where African Americans have been a significant part of Washington, DC's civic life and identity since the city was first declared the new national capital in 1791.
During the trip the boys had the opportunity to visit Howard University. The school is a historically black college and university (HBCU) which are institutions of higher education that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. They visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial where they reflected on his legacy of non-violence and struggle for freedom, justice and equality. They were asked to consider how King's efforts have changed their lives and what issue may remain the same. They also visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
In addition to the planned itinerary the group unexpectedly encountered a protest against the historic
overturning of Roe v. Wade. The street demonstrations began outside the Supreme Court and spread to the capitol building. The young men were exhilarated to find themselves in the midst of this important part of democracy.
This trip allowed the young men to see how their stories, their histories, and their cultures are shaped and how African Americans have been a part and major influence of the fabric that weaves the history of America. They returned home with a sense of resilience and optimism that they will be able to draw on as they face life's daily race.
Thanks to our donors for helping to make this trip possible. We look forward to sending them on many more.