October 2-8, 2016 is Nonviolence Week across the state of Ohio. In Mahoning Valley, the theme is “Laying the Bricks for the Beloved Community.”
Nonviolence Week will begin in downtown Youngstown with the Sixth Annual Nonviolence Parade and Rally on Sunday, October 2nd at 3PM.
The parade will start at the corner of Wick and Wood streets and continue to the Covelli Center where the rally will begin immediately after the parade. The parade marshal is Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Central High School in 1957. All are welcome to either participate in the parade or be a spectator supporting nonviolence.
From 5-9 on Monday, October 3rd, Minnijean Brown Trickey will be honored at a gathering at Flambeau’s Restaurant 2308 Market St. in Youngstown. Tickets are $15 with an open bar.
A reception will be held from 5-7 on Tuesday, October 4th at the Soap Gallery in downtown Youngstown to honor the winners of the student nonviolence art contest. The public is invited.
On Wednesday evening, October 5th at 7PM, the Simeon Booker Courage Award event will be at the Ford Theater in the DeYor Performing Arts Center. Judge Nathaniel Jones, a native son of Youngstown, who received the NAACP Spingarn Medal this past July, will be the recipient of the Simeon Booker Courage Award. Investigative reporter, Jerry Mitchell, from the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker for the evening. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at the box office at the DeYor Center.
Nonviolence Week in the Mahoning Valley is being sponsored by Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, Youngstown City Schools, City of Youngstown, Youngstown State University, and CIRV.
You can also contact Penny Wells for event information.