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AMP Peace Pledge: "Today I pledge to do what I can to promote peace in my life, at home and in my world."

If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.
No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world.
Now the judgment of God is upon us, and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools. Yes, as nations and individuals, we are interdependent.
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1928 – 1968)

 

American Museum of Peace (AMP)

The American Museum of Peace (AMP) honors the intention for peace that has been central to the vision of America from the beginning, an intention for peace that is ever-so-critical today. Never before have we been so perfectly presented with the undeniable truth that all life is one interconnected, interdependent whole.

It is time to find the good and build on it. AMP celebrates the high ideals of America’s peacemakers, their commitment to life, to liberty of conscience, to freedom and justice; those peacemakers who lived and worked to fulfill and extend the promise of America’s founding.

Active and influential in their own spheres, these men and women of conscience, compassion and peace understood that peace is multi-dimensional: a condition experienced by an individual in harmony with conscience, a dynamic resulting in right relationship with another and a cornerstone of America’s founding, existing as a goal from the beginning and never absent from that day to this.

AMP presents their stories, the dilemmas they faced, the lessons they learned and taught that we might learn from their example, build on the good that has come before us and form a more perfect union and a more peaceful world.

AMP explores the interconnected, interdependent nature of reality from the perspective of various disciplines, inviting visitors to consider the ancient wisdom texts, the philosophic, religious, and metaphysical teachings in light of scientific discoveries and contemporary concerns.

AMP is a place to explore the attitudes and attributes of peace, a place that extols the principles and practices that foster peace; a place that encourages us to see the opportunities for peace that exist within and around us, reminding us that peace is ours to choose – NOW.

Incorporated in the District of Columbia and registered as an educational 501(c)(3) organization, the American Museum of Peace (AMP) Inc. seeks a physical location in our nation’s capital where it can create and feature core, traveling and special exhibits, offer workshops, activities and programs, develop partnerships and serve as a national and community resource:

  • To honor those who have lived to fulfill and extend the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all;
  • To extol the principles and practices that foster compassion, cooperation, civility and peace;
  • To kindle a desire to foster peace at home and around the world;
  • To advance the possibility of peace for current and future generations.

This website, AMPeace.org, provides a glimpse of the vision and an introduction to the scope of exhibits and programs offered at the American Museum of Peace (AMP).

Your tax-deductible donation will make it possible for AMP to grow and help support AMP’s educational programs and peace-promoting initiatives including the development of AMPeaceTours™ in cities across the country and the America’s Peacemakers™ video series, first- and second-hand accounts of present and past peacemakers that include the ideals and heart-felt commitments that motivated their actions at critical moments of American history.

Make your tax-deductible contribution to AMP via PayPal: Donate to AMP or mail your contribution to:  American Museum of Peace, The Towers #1106west, 4201 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20016.

A good End cannot sanctifie evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.

William Penn (1644 – 1718)

AMP Celebrates International Jazz Day with a Concert Program at the Jefferson Memorial

AMP 2016 International Jazz Day Concert poster

What a wonderful concert program! Many thanks to those who helped to make it possible and to all our guests and audience members who took a chance on the weather to come out for AMP’s 2016 International Jazz Day Concert Program.

AMP gives a special thanks to all the members of the GW Jazz Orchestra, whose music moved and lifted all present and for their determination, perseverance and trust to play despite the clouds and light sprinkles. Thank you. You were tremendous!

AMP gives a special thanks to Ranger Deborah Deas and the National Park Service for making the Thomas Jefferson National Memorial available. It was wonderful to be able to host AMP’s 2016 IJD Concert Program in a space that honors one who inspired others to go above and beyond the borders of the established order with a vision that he hoped would create greater peace, at home and abroad.

To our Program participants, our presenters and readers Noah-Harmony Shoatz-Harley, daughter of jazz musician Rufus Harley, to Duke Ellington School of the Arts junior, Ailey Verdelle, and to American Univerisity’s Ryan Johnston. You embody the spirit of the day. We are grateful for your participation and your presence. Thank you.

Noah-Harmony, on behalf of AMP, we thank you for the gift of the Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom and of your father’s dedication and love for America and the best it represents. His commitment to going above and beyond borders for liberty and peace will alway be remembered. The American Museum of Peace is honored to have this gift as part of it’s collection. Thank you.

To our volunteers: AMP Board member Helen McLean Heller, Michael Heller, Ailey Verdelle, multi-media producer Rouane Itani, and photographer Guadelupe Ortega, a hearty thanks. Your support and tireless efforts made the day!

James Surdam, you captured the spirit of the event with your fresh and bold design for AMP 2016 IJD Concert Program and announcements. Thank you.

Louis Armstrong, Bob Belden, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter – your music, your words and your humanity inspires our work. We are grateful for your dedication and for your contributions to intercultural dialogue and global peace.

UNESCO and Thelonius Monk Institute, we thank for your commitment and incredible efforts towards making IJD a day of phenomenal music on behalf of peace.

To all family, friends and consultants who helped to make this Program possible: your support and encouragement on behalf of loved ones, the AMP, the GWJO and International Jazz Day is invaluable. Our simple thanks is but a token appreciation for all you have given.

Wishing everyone a good summer. Until next year…be peace, give peace, intend peace.

‪#‎jazzday‬

Principles of Peace

To meet a human being is a major challenge to mind and heart.   I must recall what I normally forget.   A person is not just a specimen of the species called Homo sapiens.  He is all of humanity in one, and whenever one man is hurt, we are all injured.  The human is a disclosure of the divine, and all men are one in God’s care for man.
Many things on earth are precious, some are holy, humanity is holy of holies.  To meet a human being is an opportunity to sense the image of God, the presence of God.

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 – 1972)

 

We cannot leave our values at the door.  If we leave our values at the door we abandon much of the moral glue that has held our nation together for centuries and allowed us to become somewhat more perfect a union.
Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel, – a majority of great reformers in American History did their work not just because it was sound policy or they had done good analysis or understood how to exercise good politics but because their faith and their values dictated it; and called for bold action, sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes in the face of resistance.  This is no different today for millions of Americans and certainly not for me.

President Barack Obama

 

Do you know these Americans?
AMP celebrates their commitment and contributions to peace. Visit A Legacy of Peace to learn more about Americans who helped to foster peace at home and abroad.

Peace is multi-dimensional. Share your stories of peace and the stories of those who inspire you to live in ways that foster peace.

We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change.  Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010)

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)

…You have to believe, there may be setbacks, there may be some disappointments, there may be some interruption. But, again, you have to take the long, hard look. With this belief, it’s going to be OK; it’s going to work out. If it failed to happen during your lifetime…it would happen in somebody’s lifetime. But you must do all that you can do while you occupy this space during your time.

Rep. John Lewis

 

AMPeaceTours

All across the land that we now call the United States of America there are landmarks commemorating Americans quest for peace.

Beginning with Washington, DC, AMPeaceTours™ identifies locations that represent those who have lived and worked for peace.

We remember them with a physical location to honor their work, their courage and determination to foster peace in their lives, their communities, their nation and the world.  Their stories remind us that creating peace is ours to choose.

Where are your favorite landmarks for peace?  Share your recommendations, your photos, postcards and momentos of the memorials, the parks, the museums, and monuments that represent humankind’s aspirations for peace, those landmarks that inspire and remind us of those who chose to live according to the principles and attributes that promote peace.

Its never to late to get back on your feet though we wont live forever make sure you accomplish what you were put here for.

Abigail Adams  (1744 – 1818)

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