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Ending Violence Building Hope 2016

12648049_572050712951285_147751019_nManhattanville College, Purchase, NY — Reid Castle welcomed those who embrace Black Lives Matters. Located in Purchase, New York a castle which is a four-story, “L” shaped building, built of granite blocks in the Renaissance Revival style. It features a five-story tower and a corbelled battlement parapet that conceals a flat roof. It was designed by Stanford White and built-in 1892 as a dwelling for Whitelaw Reid.

Reverend Doris Dalton event coordinator and the Executive Director from the Westchester Martin Luther King Institute was busy preparing for the “Ending Violence Building Hope” event with the facilitators. Today marked the seventeenth annual community gathering to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many facilitators including representatives from Westchester Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated Alumnae Chapter ran workshops with children ages 11-18 discussing essential tools for practicing non-violence! Topics included: Know Your Rights and Basic Skills for Conflict Resolution/Transformation.

The event was motivated by keynote speaker Sophine Charles, Ph.D. Who emphases was about “Turning Fear Into Courage”. Dr. Charles said, “Being paralyzed by fear is one of the worst things that a person can encounter.” She questioned the young crowd, “What are you doing to turn fear into courage?” Her tips were simple: Write about it. Talk about it. Be about it. Communicate about it.

With more than one hundred people in attendance everyone walked out embracing Dr. King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence: (adopted by the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia)

PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
It is aggressive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.

PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.

PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.
Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.
The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.

PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.
Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.
Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.

PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.
Nonviolent love is spontaneous, unmotivated, unselfish and creative.

PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
Nonviolence believes that God is a God of justice.

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Cynthia Turnquest-Jones a co-host of People Before Politics Radio is an avid philanthropist. In October 2012 she launched Tha B.U.M.P. “Brown Urban Mother Partnership”, hosting an informational breast cancer session “Save the Women not the Boobies” inviting mothers from the community to sit and enjoy healthy foods while engaging in dialogue about breast cancer. In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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