Ahead Of Mother's Day Walk For Peace, Tina Chéry Reflects On Turning Her Grief Into Activism

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Tina Chéry is founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Tina Chéry is founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In the first few years after her then-15 year-old son was shot and killed on his way to a Teens Against Violence meeting in 1993, Tina Chéry struggled to celebrate Mother's Day with her two younger children while still mourning her oldest child's death.

Over time, she would channel her grief into activism, becoming the founder and president of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, which is named in honor of her son.

Part of her work includes starting the Mother's Day Walk for Peace, which will be held this Sunday, May 13. Tens of thousands of people are expected to march from Dorchester to Boston City Hall to remember victims of homicide and to talk about ways to promote peace and healing in Boston and beyond.


Tina Chéry, founder and president of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. The institute tweets at @LDBpeaceInst.

This segment aired on May 11, 2018.

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