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Over 900 Chicago school children have been shot since September of 2007 and as of 2012, Chicago had the highest youth homicide rate in the nation. On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Messiah Equiano and Namaskar Productions will present one of the best solutions to ending the prolific violence plaguing Chicago’s streets.
“Dreams Deferred” is a riveting, groundbreaking and inspirational stage play that illustrates what Chicago’s dying youth could have achieved with their lives, had they lived. The play also displays the devastating long term affects of violence and touches on several issues that contribute to the epidemic such as: poverty, bad parenting and drug abuse just to name a few.
The play will take place at The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Herman Hall Theater located at 3241 S. Federal St. in Chicago. Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the play will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets purchased in advance are $40.00 for V.I.P, $20.00 for adult general admission and $10.00 for students under 18. Tickets purchased at the door will be $50.00 for V.I.P, $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for students under 18. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the IIT Chapter of The Black Student Union.
This is a must see production for every Chicago land resident. Gripping, powerful, and inspiring, “Dreams Deferred” serves as a proactive approach to stop crimes from occurring before they happen. The play also touches on: multiple sclerosis awareness, teenage pregnancy and the HIV/AIDS epidemic taking place in the African American community. In addition to the play, Kids of the Block Inc. founder Diane Latiker will be honored during the intermission.
“Dreams Deferred” is written, produced and directed by Chicago’s own rising star Messiah Equiano and the cast consists of Chicago raised actors. Actor Jay Thurman, who portrays multiple characters in the production, was born and raised in Matteson, IL.
Select attendees will receive gift certificates to select restaurants and other businesses in Chicago. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 773.979.2383.
South Shore’s Youth Places 911 Call Out To Media To Help Destroy Negative And Violent Images And Help Erect Towers Of Peace Through Positive Images
Chicago, IL – In a rare but strategic move, youth workers of the Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) in South Shore rally together on 9/11, one of America’s most somber days, to challenge the media to shift their focus from negative images of violence and destruction of lives to positive ones.
“Youth as a whole are involved in more positive activities than negative ones. But the positive ones often go unreported. Therefore, most people have a skewed view and perception about us,” says Youth Worker Destinee Richardson.
The youth workers intentionally selected 9/11 as the day they would invite the media to attend their Positive Look at Youth Press Conference. In many ways, 9/11 has become recognized as a day for remembering and rebuilding. Youth are taking a stand with Americans who take the initiative to replace the devastating memories of the fallen Twin Towers with images of a nation with the reserve to persevere over various forms of tragedy. Drawing on the analogy of rebuilding, youth are challenging the media to help them erect towers of peace, block by block.
Youth worker Deanna O’Neal maintains, “youth are very interested in community and world events. We want to be involved in making the community a better place to live. But the good that we do is overshadowed by the negative things that some youth choose to do. We need the media to help get our message out that we want to be recognized for our efforts.”
A component of the CVPP, initiated by Governor Patrick Quinn is the community service component. South Shore’s youth opted to host a Press Conference to announce three (3) initiatives they are currently working on:
(1) Trauma Center for the South Side of Chicago,
(2) Movement of People for Peace (a voluntary youth-led peace movement), and
(3) Underage Drinking Prevention campaign.
These are three important efforts, each designed to promote peace, health, and wellness. “Youth are assets and not liabilities, says Victoria C. Brady, Program Manager for CVPP and Executive Director of ABJ Community Services, Inc.
They are invaluable members of the community and deserve to respected and recognized as such.” ABJ Community Services, Inc., Black United Fund of Illinois, and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, along with others across the state offered the CVPP as an alternative to violence. About 1,900 youth were employed in the program for the summer.
The Press Conference will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 1818 East 71st Street, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, call 773-667-2100.