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100 Days of Nonviolence Youth Movement Continues Momentum of Change and Focuses on Youth Leadership

Developing young leaders isn’t an easy task. However, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is showing how this effort can be achieved effortlessly through the launch of the 6th Annual 100 Days Nonviolence campaign. A press conference was held today to disclose details of the campaign and to discuss ways that youth can take part in stopping violence in our communities. Councilor Roberson hopes that urging young people to stand as community advocates will not only help put an end to violence, but that it will also stir their interests to become leaders for their generation.

“100 Days of Nonviolence has gained a tremendous amount of support from our schools systems within Birmingham and in surrounding municipalities, many nationwide, since its inception over 6 years ago,” Councilor Roberson said. “This indicates that there is a dire need for our young people to participate by leading a cause that can change their community and/or help other communities. I’m eager to help them build this movement as they lead others to become young modern day civil rights advocates.”

Students are encouraged to think of what Civil Rights leaders would likely do or say to help stop violence among youth if they were here today. Students are also posed with the task to develop action plans to implement among their peers as they commit their dedication to the cause by signing pledges.

Councilor Roberson is devoted to creating additional positive outlets where students can express themselves and exercise their strengths especially in the arts. On Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Birmingham Museum of Arts, many will take part in the Gandhi Jayanti essay and art contest where they will be presented with awards for their contest submissions. Essays will focus on the significant contributions, strategies of leadership, and thought provoking facts about Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. during their eras of the worldwide civil rights movement.

The 100 Days of Nonviolence movement continues to serve as the catalyst for evolving young people into advocates of change. With national crimes rates often unexpectedly targeting and claiming the promising futures of many young ‘potential’ leaders, Councilor Roberson is eagerly searching avenues to reach solutions that will end that epidemic. Blazing the trails since 2010 of no young person being killed under the age of 18 during the 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign, Councilor Roberson says he’s optimistic that this year won’t be any different. If you would like to participate in this youth movement visit 100dnv.com today and take the pledge against violence.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.