Harry Belafonte, esteemed Grammy, Emmy and Tony award
winning songwriter, actor, Civil Rights Activist, and philanthropist, has
agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of the 5th Annual Week of Non-Violence,
Justice and Opportunities, October 15-23, 2017. This annual event is organized
by Black Women for Positive Change, (BW4PC) an inter-faith network of Women and
Good Brothers, from diverse backgrounds, races and religions. "We are
honored to have Mr. Belafonte lend his name to this global effort to prevent
violence," said BW4PC National Co-Chairs Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester
and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers. "Our theme is to 'Change the Culture of
Violence in America, and the World," and we believe Mr. Belafonte's
stature as a world leader will encourage people to organize violence prevention
events, in their own cities."
In a statement, Mr. Harry Belafonte, Honorary Chair, of the
2017 Week of Non-Violence, Justice and Opportunities states, "In the midst
of a struggle, the fabric of progression is kept together through the threads
of non-violence. The Week of Non-Violence is essential to sanctify Trayvon
Martin and other young people who have lost their lives to violence. We must
take the teachings from these tragedies to continue the non-violent dialogue
which Dr. King preached." Joining Honorary Chair Mr. Belafonte on the
Honorary Committee, are Co-Chairs Kemba Smith, Criminal Justice Advocate and
President, Kemba Smith Foundation; Michelle Bernard, MSNBC Anchor and President
of the Bernard Center for Women; and Chris Daniels, Project Management and
Conflict Resolution Expert.
BW4PC initiated the Week of Non-Violence in 2013, after the
tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, and other youth. The goal is to help young
people, law enforcement and violence-prone adults to learn that violence can be
prevented through anger management, conflict resolution, de-escalation,
improved law enforcement/community relations and other evidence-based methods.
The BW4PC Non-Violence initiative began in Washington, D.C. and has spread to
27 U.S. Cities, and the UK. Organizations, Faith Institutions, Youth groups,
entertainers, athletes and others who are interested in organizing Non-Violence
events in their own cities, can sign up at: www.2017weekofnonviolence.org.
Partners for the 2017 Week of Non-Violence are the Positive
Change Foundation, National Black Nurses Association, Highmark, Inc., United
Steelworkers Union, Holman United Methodist Church, National Organization of
Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) National Bar Association, Masjid Muhammad-the
Nation's Mosque, Wednesday Clergy Fellowship, and the Jewish Community
Relations Council of Greater Washington, D.C. For more information, contact
Karen Carrington, 202-210-4005.
1220 L. Street, NW, #100-181, Washington, DC 20005; Fax