At the end of the hallway, two kids are shouting. One shoves the other. Now it’s a fight. A crowd gathers. Rahmier Williams runs toward the onlookers and pushes his way through. He pulls the two young men apart, getting elbowed in the process. They stand there, still angry, staring at Rahmier, who starts talking to them . . . about peace.
Rahmier, 18, is a member of the Peace Warriors, an extraordinary group of high school activists at North Lawndale College Prep in Chicago who are changing their community. Following principles exemplified by Martin Luther King Jr., they have committed to living nonviolently and teaching others to do the same. As a result of their work, students know each other better, there are fewer fights, and when conflicts do break out, they get resolved.