100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign wraps up today


The 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign wraps up today, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, with a number of service projects and a field trip for a group of young people who helped lead the campaign.Birmingham Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson launched 100 Days in 2010. {}He has partnered with Samaritan's Feet to provide free shoes for more than 200 young people, with Wenonah High School to pick up trash in the Roosevelt City neighborhood, and with Dr. Bernice King and The King Center in Atlanta for a field trip for about a dozen students. {}They will go to the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat game for "Choose Nonviolence Day." The King Center is also launching their 100 Days of Nonviolence initiative, the "Choose Nonviolence - No Shots Fired" campaign on Monday.{}"Birmingham has experienced another successful year with the 100 Days of Nonviolence campaign," said Roberson. "For the fourth year in a row, we have reached the end of the campaign without the loss of one young person under the age of 18 due to senseless violence. The young people in our community need to be commended for honoring the pledge, their dedication and hard work. I would also like to thank all of our partner agencies for their commitment to these youth."Other cities around the country have launched similar programs, including Greenville, South Carolina; Saginaw, Michigan; Columbia, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia, as a result of its success here in Birmingham.