Peace activist Audri Scott Williams will speak and lead a walk this weekend at The Center of Peace in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, as part of a series of global events leading up to the United Nations International Day of Peace Monday.
Scott Williams said that growing up as a child of the ’60s, with parents active in the civil rights movement, working for peace was a spiritual path that resonated with her. But it was a health crisis that really helped form the path her life would ultimately take.
“I had a heart attack at the age of 35,” she said. “And I knew that was my wake-up call.”
After working with community and youth groups, she eventually became drawn to groups working for peace.
Scott Williams has led peace walks across 17 countries and on six continents. Her walks have taken her through slave castles on the coast of Ghana and down segments of the Trail of Tears, the route used by the U.S. government to force thousands of Native Americans off their land.
On Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 11a.m., she’ll share her thoughts on decreasing violence in communities. A brief walk will step off following her 6 p.m. talk at The Center of Peace.