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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson to host Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                     Friday, January 16, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson will conclude the fifth year of the youth led movement 100 Days of Nonviolence on the holiday that is set aside to honor world renown civil rights matriarch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 19th, Councilor Roberson will host a day of service that will begin with a shoe distribution at A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club.

“When I think about Dr. King and the acts of service that he showed throughout his life, I can’t think of a better way to honor him than by following in his footsteps and hosting events such as the Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Distribution,” Councilor Roberson said. “The partnership that we have established with Samaritan’s feet continues to grow each year, and I’m thankful that we can give back to the community in this manner.”

The acts of service don’t stop there, as Councilor Roberson will also take part in a 10 a.m. press conference that will reveal plans to build DreamCourt, a multisport play space designed to promote physical fitness and fun, at the A.G. Gaston facility.

“The partnership between Councilor Roberson’s office, the WorldVentures Foundation and the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club is dynamic model for generating high impact developmental opportunities for the children of Birmingham,“ said Frank Adams, Jr. President and Chief Professional Officer A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club. “The multi-use surface targeted for installation by Dreamcourts will dramatically support our ongoing efforts to highlight the absolute importance for our members to pursue active and healthy life styles.”

The MLK Day of Service will conclude with a huge parade that will begin at 12 p.m. at Birmingham City Hall. The parade will conclude at 16th Street Baptist Church, and will be followed by a LIVE WALL signing at 1:15 p.m. at Kelly Ingram Park, where the community will write expressions of the value of life and why it is important to live.

About 100 Days of Non Violence

The 100 Days of Non Violence Initiative began five years ago under the leadership of Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson. It runs during the months of October through January and to date no young person under the age of 18 has died to any senseless act of violence in that time. Each year young people in the city of Birmingham and surrounding communities are encouraged to sign the nonviolence pledge to bring awareness to their peers about refraining from violence all while promoting safer schools and communities.

For more information on how you can be involved in the 100 Days of Nonviolence initiative contact the Office of Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418.