‘Rally 4 Peace’ to unify
After the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent riots, award-winning musician Prince will perform at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena.
Prince plans to perform Monday as part of his Rally 4 Peace event in an attempt to unify the residents of Baltimore.
“In a spirit of healing, the event is meant to be a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” organizers of the event said in a statement.
Prince has asked attendees to wear gray to honor the death of Gray in police custody. According to the organizers, it is a gesture of unity.
“As a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, attendees are invited to wear something gray in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence,” organizers stated.
Prince has written a song called “Baltimore,” which, according to CNN, a publicist for Prince said will address political and social issues in the country.
This is not Prince’s first attempt to raise awareness of the need for peace. He staged the show “Dance Rally 4 Peace” last weekend at his Paisley Park recording studio in Minnesota. According to Rolling Stone, Prince ended the show leading a chant of “Baltimore … Peace 4 ever more.”
According to Rolling Stone, an unspecified amount of the proceeds will go to local Baltimore-based youth charities. Tickets for the show are on sale at Live Nation.