11th Annual Nonviolence Week Begins Oct. 3 with Parade

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The 11th annual Nonviolence Parade and Rally will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 3, kicking off Nonviolence Week in Ohio.

The parade, featuring walkers, cars, trucks and floats, will begin at the intersection of Wood Street and Wick Avenue before passing through downtown Youngstown to the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre, where a rally will be held.

Participants can register to take part in the parade and other Nonviolence Week events at OhioNonviolenceWeek.org.

Between Oct. 4 and 8, the Five-Day Nonviolence Reading Challenge will be held, concluding with a panel discussion Friday at noon at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave., and broadcast over Zoom.

Oct. 4 will also bring the Simeon Booker Award for Courage presentation at the Tyler History Center. The national recipient is the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, while the local awardee is the Rev. James Ray, a longtime advocate for social justice and nonviolence. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Tyler; tickets are $25. A free and public program will be held afterward at 7 p.m.

“Mingle with Minni” will be held Oct. 5 at Flambeau’s Live, 2308 Market St., from 6 to 9 p.m. The fundraiser for Sojourn to the Past welcomes Minnijean Brown-Trickey – a member of the Little Rock Nine – via Zoom for an interview. Tickets can be purchased at OhioNonviolenceWeek.org for $25.

A reception for art and poetry contest winners will be held Oct. 6 at The Soap Gallery, 117 S. Champion St. in Youngstown. The event is free and open to the public.

And on Oct. 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., teacher Emelia Sherin will lead “The Art of Emotion” for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, will include two activities: aRip Art session that also discusses coping mechanisms and a watercolor class that talks about how one action can affect others. Register for this program by emailing Nic Bush at nbush@jewishyoungstown.org.

Nonviolence Week has been celebrate in Youngstown since 2010, when Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past students urged city and county leaders to take part in the statewide movement. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni introduced the bill that created Nonviolence Week in Ohio, which was signed into law in 2013.

For more information, contact Penny Wells at 330 207 4467 or pennywwells@sbcglobal.net.

Pictured: The 2017 Nonviolence Week parade in downtown Youngstown.

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