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Non-Violent Institute Unveiling Friday at Harrison Center

January 12, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette of Atlanta, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s strategist and consultant, will be the keynote speaker on Friday, Jan. 14, at the unveiling of the Tyrone Thompson Non-Violent Institute.

The ceremony will take place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Louis Community College's William J. Harrison Education Center, 3140 Cass Ave.

STLCC is partnering with the St. Louis Public Schools to teach youth about nonviolence in the public elementary and middle schools as part of the Tyrone Thompson Nonviolent Institute beginning this January, founded by State Rep. Betty Thompson. Her son, Tyrone, a former police officer, was shot and killed June 5, 2010.

Attorney Cheryl Walker is the program's master of ceremonies and Commissioner Merdean F. Gales also will give remarks.

The event is also a celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 25th anniversary of the state celebrations, sponsored by the Kwame Foundation Inc., St. Louis Community College and St. Louis Public Schools.

The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Celebration Commissioners are Betty L. Thompson, Ruth Smith, Myrle Mensey Symonds and Dr. Henry Givens, chairman.

For more information, contact Sonia Branscomb, director of the Tyrone Thompson Non-Violent Institute and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent St. Louis Support Group, at 314-754-5619.