BLK News

Embracing Unity and Empowerment: Newark’s 24 Hours of Peace

Embracing Unity and Empowerment Newark's 24 Hours of Peace_2

In the heart of Newark, NJ, a vibrant and transformative celebration is on the horizon. Scheduled for August 23 & 24, 2024, at the intersection of Central Ave & South 10th St., the “24 Hours of Peace” event emerges as a beacon of hope, unity, and community solidarity. Under the auspices of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s visionary leadership, this annual festivity is not merely an event; it’s a movement aimed at weaving together the diverse threads of Newark into a tapestry of peace and empowerment.

A Vision for Peace and Unity

The “24 Hours of Peace” initiative transcends the conventional boundaries of music festivals to embody a powerful force for community engagement and violence reduction in Newark. It represents the city’s unwavering dedication to fostering an environment where every individual can thrive in harmony. This commitment to unity is more critical now than ever as communities nationwide strive to bridge divides and build spaces that celebrate shared humanity.

Head of Media, Yasheen Vickers, Leads the Charge

Guiding this monumental event is Yasheen Vickers, whose role as Head of Media transcends traditional boundaries. With an acute focus on amplifying the message of peace through music and dialogue, Vickers’ innovative approach ensures that “24 Hours of Peace” resonates well beyond Newark’s borders. His passion for nurturing community ties is evident in his words: “I am deeply honored to be a part of such an impactful event. Our goal is to create a space where everyone feels welcome and inspired to contribute to a peaceful and unified community. This year, we are especially excited to highlight the powerful role women play in promoting peace.”

A Stellar Line-Up

This year’s lineup boasts an impressive array of artists who share a common dedication to peace and unity:

  • Sunshine Anderson, Adeva, Monie Love, performing Friday with their soul-stirring melodies.
  • Tesehki, Biggie, Asian Doll, captivating audiences on Saturday with their dynamic performances.

In keeping with this year’s theme – “Women for Peace and Women Empowerment” – Saturday will also showcase 22 local female artists whose talents underscore the pivotal role women play in spearheading change within their communities.

A Free Event for All

The inclusive nature of “24 Hours of Peace” ensures that everyone can partake in this celebration without financial barriers. This gesture underscores the event’s foundational belief that peace-building is a collective endeavor that thrives on universal participation.

Community Support and Engagement

With robust support from Mayor Ras J. Baraka and other municipal leaders, “24 Hours of Peace” stands as a testament to what can be achieved when political will align with grassroots initiatives. Mayor Baraka expressed his enthusiasm: “We are committed to promoting peace and unity in Newark. Events like ’24 Hours of Peace’ are crucial in bringing our community together.”

Embracing Unity and Empowerment Newark's 24 Hours of Peace

Photo Courtesy: Yasheen / @newarkisnow

The Movement

As preparations for “24 Hours of Peace” gain momentum, there’s an open invitation for everyone to join this transformative journey towards fostering lasting peace through music, dialogue, and mutual respect.

Stay connected:




For further information or inquiries about participation:

Contact Yasheen Vickers at or +18562870864.


In essence, “24 Hours of Peace” encapsulates more than just musical performances; it embodies Newark’s aspirations for harmony, empowerment, and collective progress. As Yasheen Vickers aptly puts it – representing his personal ethos and echoing the sentiment behind this grand occasion – we are indeed “the best in the business” when it comes to pioneering initiatives that bind communities together under the banners of love and unity. Join us as we make history together and celebrate what makes us uniquely human – our unwavering spirit for peace.


Published by: Martin De Juan

Share this article


This article features branded content from a third party. Opinions in this article do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of BLK News.