Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The leaders of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize are part of the Dayton Speakers Bureau.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize.

Website: DaytonLiteraryPeacePrize.org

Dayton International Peace Museum

Founded in 2004, the Dayton International Peace Museum raises awareness of nonviolent strategies for achieving peace now and in the future. The Dayton International Peace Museum was founded by J. Frederick Arment, Ralph and Christine Dull, Steve Fryburg and Lisa Wolters.  It honors the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended war in Bosnia. Its mission is to inspire a local, national, and international culture of peace.

People cannot be expected to end disputes peacefully if they have never learned nonviolent alternatives. Yet, few places exist for the sole purpose of teaching people—especially children—nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution. A peace museum fills this void.

Located in downtown Dayton, the Museum is housed in the Isaac Pollack House, a three-story structure built in 1876 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Incorporated in Ohio in 2004, the Museum is a 501(3)C organization and relies on volunteers and private donors for its support. The Museum is a member of the International Network of Museums for Peace, which has members in 27 countries, including Germany, Iran, Japan, Kenya, and South Africa.

Website: DaytonPeaceMuseum.org

Dayton Human Relations Council

Established in 1962 by the Dayton City Commission, the Dayton Human Relations Council enforces civil rights; provides business and technical assistance to minority-owned, woman-owned and small disadvantaged businesses; and administers community relations initiatives that promote and maintain peace, goodwill and harmony; assists in reducing inter-group tensions, and ensures equality of treatment and opportunity to all who live, work, play, and gather in the City of Dayton.

Website: DaytonHRC.org

Dayton Baha’i Center

The Dayton Baha’i Center puts on peace and justice workshops and musical events all year long and participates in Peace Day activities in September. As their philosophy illuminates: Humanity is one, and prejudices and patterns of life that block the expression of this fundamental truth are gradually falling away.

We see evidence of this transformation all around us – the breaking down of the old, and the building up of new ways of being and social structures that contribute to the advancement of all people. Working towards this vision will require profound personal and social transformation over many generations. Humanity is leaving behind its childhood and entering a period of collective maturity.

Website: find.bahai.us/community/ohio/dayton-bahai-center

Church Women United in Greater Dayton

Dayton’s branch of Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Founded in 1941, Church Women United is:

  • a movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women;
  • biblically based, shared Christian faith;
  • organized into more than 1,200 local and state units working for peace and justice in the United States and Puerto Rico;
  • supported by constituents in state and local units and denominational women’s organizations;
  • impassioned by the Holy Spirit to act on behalf of women and children throughout the world; and
  • recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations.

Website: ChurchWomen.org

Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund

On Sept. 11, 2001, Alicia lost her life along with so many other Americans in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. She was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund was established in August 2002, by the Titus family and their church friends, all of whom have ties to Urbana University. It was created to carry out the legacy and spirit of Alicia’s life by sponsoring programs that promote and support a culture of peace at the University and within the community.

After losing their beloved daughter, John (Class of ’77) and Beverly (Class of ’90) have advocated for peace education in the community and at Urbana, along with the UU Student Peace Alliance. It’s John and Bev’s mission to mend that concern and create a culture of peace.

Website: urbana.edu/about-us/community/alicia-titus-memorial-peace-fund

Ahimsa’s Army

Spawned out of the student action group at Wright State University, Ahimsa’s Army is a Nonviolent Action Pact dedicated to the open discussion of Nonviolence following the likes of Gandhi, Dr. King, and Tolstoy. The group staged a march from the Dayton International Peace Museum to Grace United Methodist Church where the World House Choir was performing for Peace Day.

Website: facebook.com/pg/ahimsasarmy

Abolition Ohio

The Abolition Ohio group at the University of Dayton hosted an exhibit on Human Trafficking at the Dayton Metro Library as part of Urban Nights and International Day of Peace.

Our Vision. To lead the global human rights community in the search for transformative solutions to systemic patterns of injustice that will affect real change in the lives of the poor and the persecuted.

Our Mission. Building on the legacy of the university’s innovative Human Rights Studies program, the Human Rights Center advances the University of Dayton’s mission to promote respect for the inherent dignity of all persons through dialogue, research and education.

Website: udayton.edu/artssciences/ctr/hrc/abolition_ohio/index.php