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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)

A Beautiful Day! A Wonderful Concert!

AMP Celebrates the Power of Jazz to Promote Peace

AMP Board member Helen McLean Heller presenting AMP's 2017 International Jazz Day Program

It was a beautiful sunny day for AMP’s 2017 IJD Concert. This year AMP celebrated International Jazz Day at the Lincoln Memorial with the dynamic twentyone piece George Washington Jazz Orchestra and special guests Jazz for Peace™ founder and jazz pianist, composer and vocalist Rick DellaRatta with Ethan Philion on bass and Sam Prather on drums and piano.

AMP extends a warm and hearty thanks to all those who helped to make it such a terrific event: to Rick DellaRatta and Debra Cerritelli of Jazz for Peace, to Ethan Philion on bass and Sam Prather on drums and piano, both playing with Rick as part of the Jazz for Peace Trio; to all members of the GWJazz Orchestra and to GWJO Co-Presidents Peter Reiss and Zach Sanders, to photographer Tony Hack, to program designer James Surdam, to AMP Board member Helen McLean Heller, to all AMP volunteers: Ryan Johnston, Erica Bleicher, Brandon Hughes, Natalie Catlin and Imran Riaz, to the National Park Service represented by Leonard Lee and to National Park Police Sgt. Erich Koehler, to friends and family who traveled miles and hassled with parking to attend and to all visitors who joined us.

Jazz for Peace Trio with Rick DellaRatta (keyboard), Samuel Prather (drums) and Ethan Philion (bass).

Rick DellaRatta of Jazz for Peace™ performed in concert and lectured about his experience bridging differences through jazz. With percussionist and pianist, Sam Prather and bassist, Ethan Philion, the Jazz for Peace Trio played selections composed by Rick DellaRatta, including the heralded “Jazz for Peace,” and well-known numbers such as “Evidence” by Thelonious Monk, “What is This Called Love” by Cole Porter, “Lazy Bird” by John Coltrane and many others. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the first Jazz for Peace Concert at the United Nations which is now a part of history as detailed here: http://jazzforpeace.org/makinghistory Since this historic United Nations event, Jazz for Peace™ has awarded over 850 Grants earning its place as “one the most significant cultural events of our time.” Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace musicians travel throughout the U.S.A. and around the world promoting peace through dialogue, respect and cooperation and demonstrating the unique way jazz brings people together. AMP was thrilled to have Jazz for Peace join George Washington Jazz Orchestra in celebrating International Jazz Day while raising awareness and support for The American Museum of Peace (AMP).

The GW Jazz Orchestra (GWJO), the premier, student-run jazz ensemble at the George Washington University, performed three sets with fun numbers like “Sesame Street,” and a wealth of classics such as “Skylark” by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, Benny Goodman’s “All the Cats Join In, “Caravan” by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol, and many others. With vocalists, Samuel Lee and Hannah Weiss, GWJO wowed the crowd with their music. Since its founding in March of 2015, the GWJO has laid at the cornerstone between the Department of Music and student life, offering an exciting brand of jazz to the GW community. GWJO has performed around GW’s Foggy Bottom campus in the Marvin Center Betts Theatre, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, and Lisner Auditorium; venues across the DMV including Twins Jazz, the Jefferson Memorial, Pershing Park, Glen Echo Park; and at regional festivals like the Blues Alley Big Band Jam, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Villanova Jazz Festival. Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gwjazzorchestra, hear them on BandCamp at gwjazzorchestra.bandcamp.com, and contact them at gwjazzorch@gwu.edu.



American Museum of Peace

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.

AMP finds the good and builds on it, celebrating 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 best that has come before us and the promise of America’s founding.(continue to next page)

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)


There is no time left for anything but to make peacework a dimension of our every waking activity.

Elise Boulding  (1920 – 2010)

Help AMP Fulfill the Vision

The American Museum of Peace needs your support.  Every donation is vital towards sustaining AMP’s growth and development. Each donation makes it possible for AMP to continue the research, organizational, web, program and exhibit development necessary to establish AMP as a significant museum presence in Washington, DC, one that draws on America’s rich and diverse peace history to create exhibits and programs in DC, on the AMPeace.org website and for special features and traveling exhibits.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help to establish AMP in our nation’s Capital where local, national and international visitors can remember and celebrate those who lived and labored to uphold and extend those principles of peace that are so vital to our nation and to the world, a place where each can reflect on the attitudes and attributes that promote peace that we might rededicate ourselves to a more perfect union and a more peaceful world.

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.

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


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)


A Legacy of Peace

Peace is multi-dimensional and America has a vast history of peacemakers.  Visit AMP’s Legacy of Peace to learn more about those who have helped to foster peace at home and abroad.  Share your stories of peace and the stories of those who inspire you to live in ways that foster peace.

AMPeaceTours: America’s Peace Landmarks

All across the land that we now call the United States of America there are landmarks commemorating Americans’ quest for peace and memorials to those courageous, determined individuals who fostered peace in their lives, their communities, their nation and the world.  Their stories remind us that creating peace is ours to choose.

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

Where are your favorite landmarks for peace?  Help AMP expand AMPeaceTours to include peace landmarks in your community. 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.


Take the AMPeace Pledge: Live with love, integrity and respect to experience, extend and enhance peace.


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


It’s never to late to get back on your feet though we won’t live forever; make sure you accomplish what you were put here for.

Abigail Adams  (1744 – 1818)

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