Community Peace Dinners During Neighborly Day

Community Peace Dinners During Neighborly Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his appearance at Cornell College in October 1962. Picture credit: Cornell University

Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to Cornell College.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in King Chapel at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 1962. In a speech that inspired a generation of Cornellians, he said, “… I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.”




The sad reality is that while we may not know who will commit the next violent crimes, where and how they’ll be committed, and for what reason, we’re nonetheless certain violent crimes would be committed against innocent people by folks who needed our neighborly interventions. Friday, the Neighborly Day, is therefore the best day during the week to check on our neighbors with the intention of positively impacting their lives forever. Peaceful coexistence (albeit our diversity) should be the intended outcome of all our neighborly actions and interactions. 

Just minding our own business in this day and age is no longer an acceptable attitude. We are one human family that should be mindful of all elements from within in order to provide timely assistance to those in need, disrupt evil plans being hatched and prevent heinous crimes that could be carried out by the unhinged member (s) within our neighborhoods.

Another word, every Neighborly Day gives us a unique opportunity to have intimate interactions with our neighbors in order to learn firsthand how to be helpful to them and when we do know something that warrants immediate action, we intervene. It is our neighborly business to be in the know for preventive sake!

So we can prudently invest in prevention and peaceful coexistence or foolishly spend in reacting to violence and hatred. The choices are clear and ours.

Lastly, we should not patronize violent movies and media or to ignorantly call violent Hollywood figures heroes. They are not. The real heroes are our mothers who most deserve our honor on Neighborly Days and all other days. As neighbors, we must never, ever normalize crime, violence, abuse, injustice, bias, inequity, poverty, violent extremism, oppression, etc.  


Community Peace Dinners/Public Safety Dinners:

The cheapest, smartest and most effective way to build safe and successful neighborhoods are through Community Peace Dinners/Public Safety Dinners, because prevention not reaction is the key. 

Those of you who have not been participants to these weekly Community Peace Dinners taking place on Friday throughout the Bronx should start now. 

We live in close proximity with each other and use common places yet seldom do we have meaningful social or neighborly interactions. Our interactions as neighbors often times take place only when tragedy strikes.

As a result of this individualistic imposed constrain, we can easily formed negative opinions about each other without having invested necessary time and neighborly effort to know each other. Due to this ignorance of each other, we generalize our neighbors by race, religion, ethnicity, etc. 

However, through these community peace dinners, we become true neighbors. We talk to each other as neighbors. We discuss our common interests and mutual desires. We break bread together. We learn about each other intimately. We develop mutual love and respect based on sound understanding of each other’s backgrounds, cultures, traditions, values, spirituality, priorities, etc…

These Community Peace Dinners therefore disrupt individual loneliness, depression, and vulnerability. Through these neighborly dinners, we become parts of each other and support mechanism to one another. We become informed neighbors and protectors of our neighborhoods. With this developed neighborliness, we embrace diversity and collective commitment to the quality of life for all.

This brings public safety, public harmony and collective public wellness. The dinners save precious lives and finite public resources. When residents are partners to positive change in their communities, the need for law enforcement lessens tremendously. According to FBI and NYPD crime data, most crimes are committed by folks under thirty years of age who are mostly killing each other to protect territories where illegal activities take place. Through the network of these dinners, we get the neighborhood youth involve in positive and productive vocations that dismantles the vicious cycle of chronic violent crimes and extreme poverty. “It’s easier to build strong children than to fix broken men,” said Fredrick. Douglas.

Our motto: Crime, violence, hatred and poverty aren’t inevitable.

If you born in the Bronx, you succeed in the Bronx. You live in the Bronx, you are safe in the Bronx. You visit the Bronx, you love the Bronx. 

Dinners are coordinated by Community Public Safety Partnership

Community Peace Dinners take place every Friday evening throughout the Bronx. For further information or interested in hosting/sponsoring/attending these dinners, you can call 718-822-5555 or email Thank you!   


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