Lighting Up the City for Peace

An Initiative that Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The buildings in downtown Chicago often light up various colors to show support for and represent different issues and seasons.  This has been successful in raising consciousness.  Beginning January 13 through January 21, the Building Owners and Managers of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) members have agreed to encourage buildings to light their buildings blue for peace in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  Blue is the color the United Nations has chosen to symbolize peace and commonly referred to as a symbol of peace.

Dr. King was certainly a prophetic voice for peace and non-violence.  As we are reminded visually by the blue lights during this time let’s, as Chicagoans, pledge ourselves to work for peace in our schools, places of worship, blocks, neighborhoods, cities and world.  With all the violence seen in our country and in our city, we have never more needed the gift of PEACE and the call to be PeaceMakers.

Rev. Michael L. Pfleger
Archdiocesan Representative
For Anti-Violence Initiatives