Donald Gary Sr. beamed Saturday as he watched his 13-year-old great-grandson, Chris Blue, speak into a camera at the John S. Knight Center about how to make the world a better place.

“I think I can spread peace by being nice to other people,” Chris said. “Peace begins with me.”

Gary, 63, said he remembers the civil rights movement when he was about Chris’ age. On Saturday, he wore a T-shirt to the eighth annual Summit for Kids community event connecting the dots of what he hoped history would yield: Rosa Parks sat in 1955 so Martin Luther King Jr. could walk; King walked so Barack Obama could run; and Obama ran so children could fly.

“I thought change would come with the different generations,” he said.

But it hasn’t come to pass, at least not entirely, Gary said.

A week after an Ohio man with racist views plowed into a crowd of demonstrators in Virginia, killing one, Boston on Saturday braced for violence there as dozens of conservative activists rallied surrounded by about 40,000 counterprotesters.

In Akron on Saturday, a committee from the Summit County Juvenile Court wanted children to talk peace.

“Peace begins with me,” Haley Cordish, 8, of Macedonia said standing in front of a green screen as videographer Darrell Weems, owner of Studio ONE23, and Probation Officer Tom Dillingham coached from behind a camera.

Weems in coming days will combine the footage of Chris, Haley and dozens of other children — inserting a superhero, the Goodyear blimp or Akron Soap Box Derby behind them where the green screen was — into a video for the Peace, Justice & Equality Committee that will be posted on the juvenile court’s website.

Most of the children filmed during the first two hours were young — under 10 — and were unaware of the civil unrest percolating in the country.

Peace, for many of those children, involved helping others or the environment — giving money to the homeless, providing dogs to help the blind, recycling, cooperating with the police.

For others, peace meant making the adults in their lives happy.

“Don’t do anything,” Dylan Cole, 7, of Akron said, demonstrating how he’s learned deep breathing can keep him calm. “Sit down on your bed and don’t do anything.”

Dylan’s grandmother, who calls him ‘‘Dill Pickle,” pressed him further about what he’s learned.

Be nice to people and run away if you see a gun, Dylan said, pausing to ponder the idea of a gun.

“If someone tried to shoot me, I wouldn’t shoot back,” Dylan concluded. “I’d rather go jump in a lake. Why can’t we just talk?”

About 18,000 people were expected to pass through the children’s summit Saturday.

Omama Aldabbagh, her head covered in a brightly colored hijab, smiled, watching her twin sons — Alhasan and Alhusain, who are 6½ — holding hands in front of the camera.

Peace is a big topic in the family’s Kent home, she said.

Aldabbagh and her husband are from Saudi Arabia and came to Northeast Ohio to go to school.

“Peace means love around the world,” Aldabbagh said. “Everyone should have this feeling. No wars, only peace.”

For the most part, Northeast Ohioans have reflected love toward her family, Aldabbagh said, although a woman at a pediatrician’s office once treated her very unprofessionally even though she treated other mothers in the office with care.

“I think it was this,” Aldabbagh said, touching a hand to the scarf covering her hair.

Alhasan, who has long curly hair, and Alhusain, whose curls are cut short, had moved on to play at a large round table, and Aldabbagh encouraged a reporter to ask them what peace mean to them.

Aldabbagh said she knew what her boys would say — three words — and, it turned out she was right.

“Peace,” the boys said, “is everything.”

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com.