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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Launches 6th Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence and Adds Essay Contest

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                        Friday, October 9, 2015

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL– The youth of Birmingham are making strides all throughout the city, whether it’s in sports, academics or the arts. 100 Days of Nonviolence continues to drive the momentum for change agents within Birmingham and surrounding communities and the youth serve as that catalyst for this change. During the 6th Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson will convene with youth to look at ways that students can come together to continue putting an end to violence. The campaign will kickoff with a press conference on Friday October 9, 2015 at 10 a.m. at City Hall in the council chambers.

“It’s important that we provide constructive activities for students that will aid in developing them into future leaders for our communities,” Councilor Roberson said. “When active youth engage one another in a common purpose this creates stronger foundations of change. I want to always challenge our students to succeed in every aspect of their lives. I am certain 100 Days of Nonviolence will be a factor in that process.”

This year Council Pro Tem Roberson has added the Gandhi Jayanti essay and art contest where students will be presented with awards for their contest submissions. Essays will focus on the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the civil rights movement worldwide. This panel discussion and award presentation will be held Sunday, October 11th at 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Council President Pro Tem Roberson has also created additional outlets for youth to express themselves through with events such as Real Talk and Hip Hop to Hip Hope. In partnership with the gun pledge initiative that Jefferson County Family Court launched in October of 2014, the 100 Days of Nonviolence selected five student ambassadors to represent each of the Birmingham City Schools and participate in discussions and voice their concerns about issues that affect their day to day lives in their schools, community and media.

Since its inception in 2010 no one under the age of 18 has been killed during the 100 Days of Nonviolence time frame of October to January, on the birthday commemoration of world renowned civil rights matriarch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more information please contact the Office of Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2498.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Perry at 205.908.7392.