In the spring of 2000, after a string of school shootings and unceasing youth violence in Washington, D.C., a small group of young artists and educators came together determined to shift the paradigm; they wanted to use their music, visual art and spoken word poetry to inspire youth to put down the guns and choose love over hate. They also wanted to teach youth that expression didn’t always have to be negative to sell. The founding members’ passion and commitment to youth development and cultural transformation was the impetus for organizing themselves into a formal entity called One Common Unity (OCU).


Click through our interactive timeline below to learn more about the history of One Common Unity and some of the different events we’ve been involved with throughout our organization’s existence.