POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 2:04pm
Baton Rouge, La — In the spirit of promoting peace, inspiring community service, and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a series of events during the King Holiday weekend aimed at effecting change in the spirit of unity.
A “40 Days of Peace Kickoff Rally” will be held January 19 at Capital Middle School, located at 5100 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The program is an expansion of the Sorority’s Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) program, which is geared toward the preservation of the future of young women at risk.
Five Greater Baton Rouge area chapters are partnering with City Year Corps, an education focused stay-in-school non-profit organization which currently services four Baton Rouge schools. The weekend events are aimed at engaging the community in dialogue, combating the crime plague crippling our communities, and providing strategies to help weather the economic storm.
The location of the rally is in one of the most crime-prevalent, impoverished and under served communities in Baton Rouge and was strategically selected to encourage the community to stop the violence and initiate peace. Therefore, AKA chapters will present care packages, school supplies and other essential items to attending youth, veterans and homeless shelter residents which will satisfy immediate social needs.
Youth will take part in seven social justice workshops to discuss non-violence, crime reductions, the importance of community service, their dreams as compared to the “I Have a Dream” speech and becoming a local leader.
Post activities of the rally include a 40-day curriculum utilized to further instruct area middle school students on crime reduction, avoidance and community initiatives as they relate to Dr. King’s peace beliefs. The program is sponsored on a national level by Service for Peace, a Corporation for National & Community Service in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The event is expected to positively impact the lives of over 100,000 people, many of whom reside in the Baton Rouge community, through the Sorority’s programmatic theme: “Global Leadership through Timeless Service.”