Brokering Peace: The House of Umoja & a Safer Philadelphia


For anyone familiar with The House of Umoja, they can summarize the institution’s impact in just two words: peace brokers.  

In the 1970’s, when gangs were waging deadly wars across the city, The House of Umoja opened its doors to at-risk youth and eventually created a “Boystown,” which stretched across nearly two dozen properties and, over the years, served 3,000 boys. One of its most notable efforts was the Imani Peace Pact of 1974, a truce among local gangs. 

Today, Philadelphia is charting homicide rates that dwarf those of the 1970’s, and officials and residents alike are searching for solutions to stop the bloodshed. What can we learn from The House of Umoja about brokering peace? 

WHYY, AAMP & Love Now Media invite you to view the museum's new exhibit, Vision & Spirit: African American Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection, preview a forthcoming documentary by Jos Duncan Asé, “Falaka Fattah & The House of Umoja . - BUY TICKETS HERE 



Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris, WHYY’s Managing Editor for Community and Engagement
Sammy Caiola, WHYY Gun Violence Prevention Reporter 


Panelists will include past and present members of The House of Umoja and public safety advocates. 


This event is made possible by a generous grant from The Independence Public Media Foundation


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Date & Time
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 


African American Museum of Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106