About 150 people attended an all-day live music “Unity Peace Festival” in Ronan Park on June 15. The event was organized by Luisa Tavares Barros, a native of Cape Verde who has lived in Dorchester since 1981. Her son Andrew Tavares, 17, was shot and killed in Roxbury in 2010. She and her husband Bino Barros have since launched a series of events to promote peace through music.
The event in Ronan Park included live music and motivational speakers with an emphasis on Cape Verdean artists. Barros said she hopes her audience would “reflect and see the need to come together because only together, we can make a difference.
“We cannot do it alone, no matter how strong we think we are, how much we know, but together is always victory. So, to have a victory, we have to come together. You have to do something.”