International Day of Peace Event - 2014

MY HERO honored a unique group of peace activists at International Day of Peace Celebration in Santa Monica. Mohamed Sidibay the host, recounted the horrors of his childhood, when he was forced into slavery as a child soldier at age 3, suffering humiliation, cruelty, abuse and violence. He shared with the audience step by step the stages of his own personal growth and enlightenment: forgiveness, compassion, purification, serenity, surrender and finally escape. He tells his story with a depth of feeling and humor, honoring his own personal heroes who also spoke at the event. "I'm going to introduce you to some of the people I've met through MY HERO who inspire me to be the voice of the voiceless, to be an activist, to keep the faith...the people who remind us, in Anne Frank's words, that "nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world."

Mohamed Sidibay, Peace Activist and former Child Soldier
Erin Gruwell, Mohamed Sidibay, Robert Shetterly, Kenji Williams
Folk City band, New Roads School

Erin Gruwell, Educator and Author - Founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation
Ron Kovic, Peace Activist, Author, and Artist
Robert Shetterly, Artist
Dana Williams, Singer
Kenji Williams, Performance Artist and Founder of BellaGaia.com