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Piqua, Ohio

YWCA Piqua Honors Martin Luther King through Nonviolent Communication

YWCA Piqua’s Martin Luther King community event brings people of all ages and races together to share the message of Dr. Martin Luther King along with the mission of the YWCA to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

On Monday, January 21, 2013 YWCA Piqua celebrated their 5th annual Martin Luther King Community Event. The event was sponsored by the YWCA Racial Justice Reading Circle supported by Upper Valley Medical Center Premier Health Partners.

“The YWCA Racial Justice Reading Circle began celebrating the MLK Community Event in 2009 and we have been very excited with the level of community involvement since its inception,” said Leesa A. Baker, YWCA Executive Director.  “It has been a great opportunity for the YWCA to share the message of Dr. Martin Luther King along with the mission of the YWCA to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” added Linda Grimes, facilitator of the Reading Circle and planning committee member.

The event focused on honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. by discussing and implementing his teachings for the day. Jeff Brown, the Executive Director of the Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio and a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, delivered a keynote speech on Nonviolent Communication and focused on “Speaking and Listening from the Heart:  Honoring the Teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our words”.
 
“One manifestation of Dr. King’s teachings about nonviolence is Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication, the language of the heart,” said Brown.  “I hope to reflect Dr. King’s messages by offering some ways to communicate in a non-violent way when that does not always seem possible.  Dr. King’s message was very powerful to us and we seek to embrace his ideas and ‘pay it forward,’” he added.

In addition to Brown’s speech, Christin Libbee, a Piqua High School junior and a student at the Upper Valley Career Center also spoke. Libbee’s passion for writing led to her essay winning first place for the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. “We are very pleased to have Christin with us to share her message of non-violent communication through the eyes of youth,” said Baker. “This multigenerational approach will give those in attendance much to think about,” she added.

To learn more about the YWCA Piqua and their events visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/YWCA-Piqua/119259394757480?fref=ts.