Warriors/Peacemakers - Julian Voloj & Claudia Ahlering

Warriors/Peacemakers: Activists and Artists Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting

December 11th from 3 to 6pm

A fascinating project and art exhibit by Julian Voloj, involving former gang leader / observant Jew Benjamin Melendez.

Bronx River Art Center (BRACand JWalks are excited to present Warriors/Peacemakers: Activists and Artists Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting as part of our Shifting Communities Roundtable Event Series. 
305 East 140th St. #1A, Bronx, NY 10454.

This December marks the 40th anniversary of The Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, a gathering of New York gangs that led to a truce and inspired similar gatherings in other cities throughout the US.Benjamin Melendez, the meeting’s initiator and former leader of the Ghetto Brothers (South Bronx Puerto Rican Gang), will be in attendance along with fellow Bronx artists and activists connected to this historic event.

The Warriors/Peacemakers Roundtable will include an art exhibition featuring sketches from the work-in-progress graphic novel "Warrior/Peacemaker: The Story of Yellow Benjy," by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering.

A video screening of the trailer introducing the forthcoming documentary "Rubble Kings" by Shan Nicholson and Ben Velez will be shown.
Additionally, there will be a panel discussion featuring former Ghetto Brothers, Benjamin Melendez and Bill Leicht; Break Dance/Hip Hop Pioneers Joseph Mpa("Cold Crush Brothers") and Jorge "FabelPabon ("Rock Steady Crew"), filmmaker Henry Chalfant("Style Wars", "Flyin' Cut Sleeves") and Joe Schloss, the author of "Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York" (2008).

DIRECTIONS TO GALLERY: By Train: #6 to 3rd Avenue/138th Street. By Bus: BX2 or BX21 to 3rd Avenue/140th Street. By Car: From the RFK/Triboro Bridge, take I-87N to exit 2 toward Willis Ave/3rd Ave, Bridge, merge onto E 135th St, turn right at Lincoln Ave, slight right at 3rd Ave, turn right at E 140 St (destination will be on left) 

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