NATIONAL WEEK OF NON-VIOLENCE News Release from National Bar Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  National Bar Association
October 12, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC — For the second consecutive year the National Bar Association (NBA) has partnered with Black Women for Positive Change in their National Week of Non-Violence, which will take place October 15-23, 2016.
The National Week of Non-Violence is dedicated to preserving and strengthening America’s middle and working classes, in addition to changing the culture of violence that exists both domestically and globally. It is a time to educate youth and violence-prone adults about conflict resolution, anger management, non-violent concepts in behavior, music and art. It is also a time to emphasize alternatives to the causes of violence, specifically, employment, education, faith and economic development.

The NBA’s involvement in the National Week of Non-Violence will be two-fold.  First, President Kevin Judd is proudly serving as an Honorary Co-Chair for the Week.  Second, National Bar Association affiliate chapters have been encouraged to participate by hosting events in their local communities.

In light of President’s Judd’s Presidential initiative to economically empower Black communities through entrepreneurship, the theme for National Week of Non-Violence events hosted by NBA affiliates is “Entrepreneurship as an Alternative to Violence.” With this theme in mind, President Judd has asked every NBA affiliate chapter to organize and facilitate a workshop, panel discussion, or other program to educate and inform our communities about how creating one’s own business can be a viable alternative to other life paths that may lead to violence.

In the words of President Barack Obama, “Entrepreneurship offers a positive alternative to the ideologies of violence and division that can all too often fill the void when young people don’t see a future for themselves.  Entrepreneurship means ownership and self-determination, as opposed to simply being dependent on somebody else for your livelihood and your future.  Entrepreneurship brings down barriers between communities and cultures and builds bridges that help us take on common challenges together.  Because one thing that entrepreneurs understand is, is that you don’t have to look a certain way, or be of a certain faith, or have a certain last name in order to have a good idea.”

President Judd stated that “he hope the words of President Obama, as well as the mission of Black Women for Positive Change, will inspire all NBA affiliates nationwide to leverage their local networks and resources to commemorate the National Week of Non-Violence.  I look forward to hearing about the outstanding programs hosted by NBA affiliates in support of this critically important effort. “

For additional details on Black Women for Positive Change and the National Week of Non-Violence, please visit:




The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit:

Kevin D. Judd
Washington, DC

Juan R. Thomas
Aurora, IL

Joseph Drayton
Vice President
New York, NY

Monica Dula 
Vice President
Bronx, New York

Yuri Walker 
Vice President
Washington, DC

Terry Wiley
Vice President
Oakland, CA

Jonathan E. Richardson
Nashville, TN

Michael A. Thompson
Vallejo, CA

Joseph Hairston
Washington, DC

Lamont Bailey
General Counsel
Springfield Gardens, NY

Keith Andrew Perry
Executive Director
Washington, DC

The BW4PC Peace Pledge

I pledge to uphold peace in the name of non-violence and I pledge to keep my brothers and sisters safe. I promise to seek the path of peace and to treat others with fairness and respect. I pledge to do this for the sake of humanity, so we can all live together in peace and harmony.

Black Women for Positive Change Delegation Participates in Historic Selma Commemoration

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dr. Stephanie Myers

Alexandra, Sister Ebo, Janell Mayo Duncan
Alexandra Duncan, Sister Mary Antona Ebo, Janell Mayo Duncan, Esq.

Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) was organized a delegation of 21 members and guests to attend 50th Anniversary Commemorative Events in Selma, Alabama. “We were pleased to have Black Women for Positive Change represented in Selma for the historic events. We were particularly glad to have Howard University Students and several teenagers in our delegation. It was great for young people to have this first-hand experience,” said Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, National Co-Chairs, BW4PC, in a joint statement.

On Friday, March 6, 2015, Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a St. Louis native, civil rights pioneer, and one of the “Sisters of Selma,” was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame of the Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama.  Her cousins, Janell Mayo Duncan, a Maryland attorney, traveled to Selma with her daughter, Alexandra, to attend the ceremony. While in Selma, the three attended President Obama’s speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  “This was a once in a lifetime event and we were so proud to be there as our cousin, Sister Antona, received this honor,” said Janell Mayo Duncan.  “We were also very inspired to witness President Obama’s speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.”


Black Women for Positive Change “Changing the Culture of Violence in America “
P.O. Box 78211, Washington DC 20013,
Fax 202-403-3743


Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national civic network, declares it is time to Change the Culture of Violence in America. The historic legacy of violence in America has created a national obsession with violence that impacts adults and youth. Gun violence, physical violence and abuse must stop because it is destroying the very fabric of the nation. Therefore, BW4PC calls on national, state and local leaders to create programs and partnerships to educate the nation about non-violent principles and methods that can promote non-violence in families, schools, faith-based institutions, the workplace and neighborhoods. This manifesto recognizes violence is necessary for national security and law enforcement.

However, it is the belief of BW4PC that America should incorporate nonviolence principles in daily life in order to create safe environments of peace and opportunity for children, youth, adults and elders. Therefore, BW4PC calls on parents, grandparents, youth, mentors, politicians, hip hoppers, faith-leaders, business leaders, unions, athletes, gangs, professionals, educators, entertainers, etc. to STOP THE SILENCE ABOUT VIOLENCE and work to create a cultural change in America that achieves the following goals:

 Immediate passage of gun control legislation and gun registration in every State.

 Creation of new industries of socially responsible, non-violent entertainment products including films, television, video games, music, hip hop, rap, and other forms of recreation and entertainment.

 Creation of “Safe Spaces” in faith institutions, community centers, malls, parks, benches, homes, backyards, schools and other venues where individuals can retreat to calm down from confrontations, verbal abuse and anger, and to have the opportunity for “2nd Thoughts” before engaging in violence.

 Creation of extensive state and local training opportunities in conflict resolution, mediation, parenting and reconciliation skills for children, youth and adults so, they can learn how to resolve confrontations using non-violence methods.

Respectfully submitted to the American People.


Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester, National Co-Chairs