“How important are human rights? Long before the phrase “human rights” came into existence, men and women fought and died for basic human freedoms,” according to humanrights.com. Human rights advocates agree that, sixty years after its issue, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still more a dream than reality. So it is that an international organization is bringing human rights to life through a series of events, audiovisual presentations, forums, concerts and more.
United for Human Rights is a non-profit organization, formed on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to provide human rights resources and educational materials to all sectors of society. Its Tennessee chapter is creating a series of events to mark “Peace Day” in Nashville, Tennessee on September 21st.
The main event is a concert for peace in East Nashville at the Pavilion East on Fatherland Street. It begins at 4:00 pm with Americana singer/songwriter Jon Statham taking the stage. That is also the time that several children’s activities start up including free face painting, art projects and a bouncy house for small children. Non-profit booths will open at this time and will pass out peace-related messages.
At 4:30 pm, Joseph Bell, the front man of the critically acclaimed Who’s Bad Michael Jackson Tribute Tour will perform, followed by Bianca Moon at 5:00 pm. Moon is an Emmy-nominated songwriter, recognized for her song The Bold and the Beautiful.
At 5:30 pm, Dove Award Nominee and Gospel Pop Artist T-Ran Gilbert will perform original songs. Then at 6:00 pm, human rights education hour begins, first with a ten-minute documentary on the history of human rights followed by thirty public service messages that depict each point of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Immediately after this educational piece, religious leaders from the area will join Father Joseph Breen on stage as he delivers a World Prayer for Peace.
During human rights education hour, free BBQ sliders will be given out.
At 7:00 pm, American songwriting icon Melanie performs. Melanie is best known for her hit songs “Brand New Key” and “What Have they Done to My Song, Ma?” She was also an original performer at Woodstock. To close out the show, all guests will be encouraged to light a candle for peace with Melanie.
For more information about the Peace Day concert, visit peacedayconcert.org.