Early College Sojourn students have worked all summer writing a workshop on nonviolence for students at Youngstown Early College High School. They focused on changing the culture of their school and asked students to commit to not using the “b” word, the “n” word, “that’s so gay” or any other put downs. They used the Six Principles of Nonviolence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a way to live and handle confrontations.
The students used videos, group work and student participation to get their message across in a two and one-half hour workshop. They presented to the ninth graders in the morning and the tenth graders in the afternoon.
Dedication of statue of Viola Luizzo at the Viola Luizzo Park in Detroit, Michigan on July 23, 2019.
Viola Luizzo, age 39, mother of five children, drove to Selma in 1965 in response to Dr. Martin Luther King’s call for “people of good will’ to come to Selma after “Bloody Sunday”.
She was murdered by the Klan on March 25, 1965 as she drove a young man from Montgomery back to Selma after the end of the Selma to Montgomery March earlier that day.
Sean Barron, Kira Walker and Penny Wells from Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past were present at at the dedication.