The Day Without Violence was launched in 1996 by the Peace Studies Association (UMass Lowell is a founding member) and has been held annually at more than 100 universities and colleges throughout the United States.
Days Without Violence are held in early April to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sometimes the events for the Day Without Violence last for two or more days.
For our Days Without Violence, we have organized lectures, small-group discussions, interactive skits, training workshops and teen dances at UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College. Our peace banner, with hundreds of signatures and messages, has been displayed at many locations at both UMass Lowell and in the community. In 1998, a manual on organizing DWVs was written by PACSI’s student assistant. A copy is available in our Resource Space in O’Leary Library, room 500.