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Combatting Violence Through The Art: Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson to Speak at the Master Class Series Event Featuring Award Winning Actress Jasmine Guy

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Monday, October 5, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – In anticipation of the sixth annual 100 Days of Non-Violence that will kick off Friday, October 9, 2015, Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson will be speaking at a Master Class Dance Event featuring award winning Actress, Dancer, and Choreographer Jasmine Guy. The Jasmine Guy Experience will include a Master Class along with an up close and personal discussion and Q&A where aspiring artists learn about her amazing experiences as an Actress, Dancer, and American Icon! The event will take place tonight from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Dance Foundation located at 1715 27th Court South. Birmingham, AL 35209. Councilor Roberson will be speaking on the importance of youth taking part in positive activities such as these instead of engaging in activities that can harm their future.

“It is so important that we continually provide different outlets for our youth to take part in as they look for activities that will spark their interest,” Councilor Roberson said. “So many times our youth are involved in violent activities because they are lashing out at the inability to take part in events that serve of interest to their talents and skills.”

This event is being put on by the Ebony Arrington Dance and Performance in collaboration with Sisters Inspiring Sisters through the Arts, Inc. (a 501c3 organization). Councilor Roberson has led the 100 Days of Non-Violence Campaign in Birmingham since 2010. During the 100-day time frame, youth sign pledges to promote a safer society. This has resulted in a drastic reduction of violent crimes by youth in Birmingham. The campaign has garnered national attention with states such as South Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, and New Mexico launching complimentary programs. The campaign has made huge strides in New Mexico with nearly 8,000 students participating.

For more information on 100 Days of Non-Violence and how you can become involved, please contact the Office of Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.