Due to the surge in Covid-19 cases and scarcity of appointments for Covid-19 PCR Tests, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 NYE Peace Party.   We are in conversation with our speakers and musicians for an event in the not so distant future. Stay safe and stay tuned.

Busboys and Poets presents 2022 NYE Peace Party (In-Person). Ring in the New Year and watch the Ball drop with some of the hottest peace activists and literary powerhouses of our time!

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Featuring a live performance by ​Mumu Fresh 

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Maimouna Youssef (also known as Mumu Fresh) is a critically acclaimed Afro- Indigenous singer, Emcee, songwriter, activist, workshop facilitator and audio engineer who’s been called a “quadruple threat” by The Roots’ Black Thought and “groundbreaking” by Oscar-winning artist, Common.   

Co-hosts and special guests include:

  • Angela Davis political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar, and author
  • Ibram X. Kendi historian, antiracist scholar, author, professor
  • Gina Dent activist, scholar, and educator
  • Michael Eric Dyson academic, author, ordained minister, radio host
  • Amy Goodman broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter, author
  • Medea Benjamin political and human rights activist, author
  • LaTosha Brown speaker, author, activist, singer
  • D. Watkins author, educator, journalist
  • Dave Zirin author, political sportswriter
  • Sonia Sanchez renowned writer, poet, playwright, activist
  • Konda Mason social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher
  • Andy Shallal artist, activist, CEO/Founder of Busboys and Poets

Enjoy Live Music, DJ, Food (light buffet), Party Favors, and Midnight Champagne Toast

Free Parking. Dress to impress.

Busboys and Poets – Columbia | Merriweather District

6251 Mango Tree Rd Columbia, MD 21044

TICKETS: $75 per person (SOLD OUT)

NOTE: Every attendee must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, AND a negative test result before entering Busboys and Poets. Attendees will also be subjected to a temperature check.

People who are not vaccinated must show a negative COVID-19 test result from a test taken in the past three days. The results must be from a nucleic acid (PCR) or antigen test that detects a COVID-19 infection.

Masks are still required indoors when not actively eating or drinking.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Innocence Project

Traveling to the area? Stay close and stay safe. The SpringHill Suites Columbia (by Marriott) is the official hotel partner for Busboys and Poets’ NYE Peace Party.

The SpringHill Suites Columbia is an all-suite hotel in Columbia, MD located minutes from Busboys and Poets. The hotel’s studio suites feature separated sleeping areas and living rooms that offer an ergonomic work desk, pull-out sleeper sofa, and pantry, HDTV with premium movie and digital channels, and WiFi.

Book your group rate for Busboys and Poets’ NYE by December 17, 2021 to take advantage of the best available rate (click here)

See a recap of the 2017 Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance at the National Museum of African American History and Culture


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