KSU art history major Jessie Blowers had an idea which came to fruition at on Saturday—a human peace symbol. While she didn't break a record, Jessica Blowers posted this on the KSU Peace website:
"THANK YOU for coming to be a part of this EPIC event. Give yourself a hand for contributing to such a beautiful moment. While our numbers were not sufficient enough to break a record, we should still be proud of our accomplishment. Thanks for believing in me, in this project, and most of all, peace. Peace out y'all" ~ Jessie Blowers, Founder of the KSU Peace Project
About 3,000 individuals registered prior to the event and more registered Saturday, but almost 6,000 were needed to make the Guinness record book, said Blowers.
Saturday, Blowers explained how the event was created.
“Last year I was the co-chair of the Peace in the Arts Conference," said the 24-year-old Blowers. "As I struggled to come up with a visual way to depict peace, it was natural to turn to the peace symbol. As I researched its use, I discovered that the world record for the largest live art peace sign was created by a 16-year-old boy from Ithaca, New York.”
After discovering that the young man never completed all of the steps to be recognized as the world record holder, Jessie was inspired to contact the Guinness Book of World Records.
That’s where creativity and humanity came together. Jessie created the to bring together people from all parts of Atlanta in one huge show of unity to remind the world that peace matters.
All types of student and community organizations showed up Saturday to recruit folks for their cause. "That was really the whole point," said Blowers. "We wanted to reach out and have organizations promote their different causes—if we all did that, we'd have a more peaceful world."
Blowers said she has always heard of the activist movements in the 1960s and 1970s in this country. "What happened to that attitude," asked Blower. "Where did that go?"