HBCU’s 4 Peace + Love is a non-violent movement sweeping HBCU’s around the nation. Founded in 2012 by Brittany “Reeci” Botts, it’s mission is to market and brand Peace + Love on HBCU campuses and their surrounding neighborhoods in hopes of changing lives. Whether it be domestic violence, sexual abuse, or murder, all of these issues plague our black neighborhoods. Considering the grave statistics about violence in our communities, it is a shame that we do not talk more about violence. HBCU’s 4 Peace + Love’s mission is to speak up and say that we have had enough! What better group to head this movement than the black collegiate campuses? This movement unites HBCU students around the world who refuse to put up with the violence any longer and realize that they have the power to make a difference.
WHAT WE DO:
College students travel to local high schools every other month and perform 90 minute assemblies focused on non-violence. Using poets, speakers, singers, and visual artists willing to tell their stories of overcoming violence, these assemblies engage students in a new type of conversation about Peace and Love. These assemblies are called :The Art of Peace + Love School Tours. High school students are also invited to come on campus for Peace + Love Saturdays which occur every other month. They are given a free college tour especially designed for them and receive college mentors who stay in touch with them and encourage them to choose Peace + Love over violence. At both The Art of Peace + Love School Tours and Peace + Love Saturdays, students are given free Peace + Love t-shirts as a way to remember the powerful messages they received that day.
The first HBCU chapter of Peace + Love was founded in the Atlanta University Center in January of 2012. Peace + Love AUC consists of Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University. Since then, there has been a Peace + Love chapter launched at Howard University, and the movement will be expanding to an HBCU near you very soon!
ABOUT THE HBCU’S 4 PEACE AND LOVE FOUNDER:
Brittany Reeci Botts, a sophomore sociology and anthropology major at Spelman College and a former victim of sexual abuse, is committed to saving other young women from the pain of abuse and violence. Reeci was molested at the age of 12 by her Uncle and found “poetry was the only way to cope.” Reeci has been a member of Peace + Love since 2006 and has shared her story of overcoming violence at over 50 school in Philadelphia and Atlanta. She uses riveting spoken word to engage people in subject matter that is not easy to share.
When it was time for Reeci to move on to college, she knew the need for Peace + Love on college campuses was great. She founded HBCU’s 4 Peace + Love with hopes that other black students would find an outlet for the violence they had overcome in Peace + Love, just as she had. She truly feels that her life mission is to assist others in their healing through self expression, community service, and spreading peace and love.
The college students at Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, and Howard University, while focused on achieving academic success, realize that their success can only truly be measured by the number of lives they change. Join Reeci and the collegiate team of Peace + Love advocates on these campuses in their pursuit of Peace, Love and Happiness.