Sojourn to the Past to Be Honored by King Center

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sojourn to the Past will receive The King Center’s annual Coretta Scott King ‘A.N.G.E.L. Award’ (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership). The youth initiative awardwill be presented at the “Salute to Greatness Awards” dinner Jan. 16 in Atlanta.

At the awards program, one of the marquee events of the King Center’s commemoration of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the center will highlight the Youngstown Sojourn to the Past students for their work in creating Nonviolence Week in the Mahoning Valley, including the annual Nonviolence Parade and Rally, as well as their efforts to secure the passage of the “Nonviolence Week in Ohio” law in 2013.

Penny Wells, director of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, along with Sojourn participants Micah Smith and Sarina Chatman, will attend the Jan. 16 dinner.

“This award recognizes young leaders (ages 12-25) and a youth initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent change,” said Bernice King, daughter of Coretta Scott King, in a news release.

Pictured: Students participate in the 2012 Nonviolence Parade.

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