Minister Rodney Dailey – International Day of Peace, Boston

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, a licensed minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and worker with Street Safe, waits in the Boston Common Band Stand while a speaker addresses the crowd. A worldwide holiday established by the United Nations in 1981, Boston’s International Day of Peace featured a number of speakers, tabling organizations, and music by rock fusion band Zing Experience. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, right, speaks with Lillian Mboya, a Ugandan prophetess who works with the United Nations to promote peace, before Boston’s International Day of Peace event begins on Boston Common Friday. In addition to his duties as a minister, Dailey founded Gang Peace in 1987 and Street Peace in 2000. He is also a second year student at the AME Ministerial Institute. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – A ribbon decorated with peace signs drawn by local students adorns a lamp post by the Boston Common Band Stand as Penny Joy Snider-Light, at right, a peace representative from the World Peace Prayer Society, reads a proclamation written by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on the importance of peace in the city. Rodney E. Dailey, left, was in charge of keeping the event running smoothly yet treated his responsibilities lightly. One speaker finished and the crowd went quiet before Dailey realized, “Oh, I’m the MC,” and hurried back to the Band Stand to continue the schedule. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, far center, addresses a group of about 50 attendees during Boston’s celebration of the International Day of Peace at the Boston Common Band Stand. Dailey urged the assembly to remember that “violence is just the absence of peace,” and he later led the crowd in singing along with an R&B track entitled “I can bring the Peace.” Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, a licensed minister and worker with Street Safe, jokes with the crowd around the Boston Common Band Stand on Friday. A worldwide holiday established by the United Nations in 1981, Boston’s International Day of Peace featured a number of speakers, tabling organizations, and music by rock fusion band Zing Experience. Photo/Christopher Weigl

September 21, 2012 – Master of Ceremonies Rodney E. Dailey, sporting one of his Street Peace Apparel tee-shirts, introduces the band Zing Experience during Boston’s third annual International Day of Peace on Boston Common Friday. Many organizations, such as Veterans For Peace, Mass Peace Action, and American Friends Service Committee, had tables set up at the event to publicize their mission. Photo/Christopher Weigl

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