By Stephanie A. Walker Stradford and Eric Stradford, USMC Retired
AMWS, April 4, 2014, Marietta, GA -- National Learn-2-Earn partners will be on hand at Marietta Square this Saturday to invest in local youth beneficiaries. Any beneficiary or 2014 applicant to THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS qualifies for “Dollar$hip” investment from Youth Achievers USA Institute. YouthUSA awards Dollar$hips to promote economic opportunity for the “whole village.”
Award winning journalist, author and minister the Rev. Dr. Barbara Ann Reynolds and a host of Cobb County faith and civic leaders will take the stage to “Promote the Peace” at Marietta Square beginning at 9 a.m. The rally raises community awareness on domestic abuse of women and children.
The Covenant Keepers Men’s Ministry of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church is hosting the event. Organizers promote “strong spirituality to lift the mental state-of-mind of individuals” prone to acts of violence at home, as well as those in the area’s younger population engaged in bullying. “Whether it’s faith, social justice or economics, history has shown us that those who are negatively affected the most, are the ones who have to come forward and take a stand,” said Zane Watkins, a minister at Pleasant Grove. “The men of Pleasant Grove are stepping forward to leading that charge.”
Dr. H. Ben Williams, President of the Cobb County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will join Ann Harris, Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney, and representatives from the YWCA, Cobb County Sheriffs and other social services and law enforcement agencies at the rally. Williams works through diverse community coalitions to demonstrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision of “The Beloved Community.”
Dr. King was assassinated 46 years ago today.
On Thursday, April 17, the local SCLC chapter will follow-up on the DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PEACE RALLY with THE GRAVES SOCIAL JUSTICE SEMINARS, a series of interactive discussions on meeting local needs.
Youth Achievers USA Institute engages youth as economic beneficiaries. The national 501c3 public charity supports ongoing awareness of economic security concerns through The King Center’s #ChooseNonviolence campaign and The President’s #MyBrothersKeeper Initiative. YouthUSA has partnered with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to develop HEALING strategies as one of seven actions of 21st Century Southern Christian Leadership.