As the number of killings increase on a daily basis, Perspectives Charter School students are taking a stand against violence and spreading a message of peace by staging a march that will include supporters from the community and businesses who want to disrupt the violence and save lives.

On Thursday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m. “I Am for Peace” founder Razia Hutchins, a junior at Perspectives Charter Schools, and students from all three Perspective campuses will march for peace on the South Side. The students will be joined by the following special guests: 

•         Adrian Griffin, Chicago Bulls assistant coach

•         Steve Pemberton, chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens

•         David P. Storch, Chairman and CEO of AAR CORP.

•         Cheryle Jackson, VP, Government Affairs and Corporate Development for AAR; Perspectives Charter School board member

•         Mark Aguirre, DePaul University grad formerly with the NBA champion Detroit Pistons (the Bad Boys era) and an executive for AAR

•         Tony Anderson, Chairman, Perspectives Charter Schools

•         Rev. James Meeks, pastor, Salem Baptist Church

•         Allison Thompson, humanitarian and activist

•         Apostle Wilson, Valley Kingdom Ministries International

The march will begin at 22nd and State Street and end with a peace jam at 36th and Wabash.

Hutchins and fellow organizers have been making appeals via social media and visits to Chicago-area churches to get residents involved.

The “I Am for Peace” march will also be filmed as part of student documentary that is being created by two former producers of the Oprah Winfrey show. The students’ Kickstarter campaign to raise $35,000 to finance the film ends on June 10.