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Mothers’ Walk for Peace to Feature Memorial Bus Designed by Northeastern University Professor Thomas Starr

What: The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will hold its 11th Annual Mothers’ Walk for Peace, a 3.6 mile walk through the neighborhoods of Dorchester organized to raise funds for programs that support Massachusetts families who have lost loved ones due to violence.

Trailing the procession of walkers will be an MBTA bus memorializing children who were victims of violence in Boston, designed by Thomas Starr, an associate professor of graphic design at Northeastern University. Starr’s bus is covered with quotes from local children, in tribute to their young friends and family members whose lives were tragically cut short.

When: Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Participants will meet at Field’s Corner in Dorchester. The walk route spans from Townfield Park through Codman Square, ending back at Townfield.

For additional information on the walk, please visit www.motherswalkforpeace.orgor contact John Natale at 617-373-2802 or

About Thomas Starr’s Memorial Bus: Professor Starr’s mobile work of art, titled “Remembering Boston’s Children 1980-2005,” was unveiled in fall 2006 and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Titan Worldwide installed Starr’s design onto the vehicle’s surface, utilizing space typically reserved for advertising, which was made available through Titan’s in-kind donation.

About the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute: The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is named after 15-year old peacemaker Louis D. Brown, who worried about the effect of violence on his community and dreamed of becoming the first Black President of the United States. Louis was the victim of a Dorchester gang shooting in 1993. The Peace Institute was founded to continue his peacemaking legacy. Since 1994, the institute has served a multi-level agenda operating as a partner to the Mayor of Boston, the state legislators, the academic community, the faith based community, and to other grassroots organizations.

About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The university’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit

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