Media Advisory, "I Am For Peace," the New Documentary about Student-led Peace March to Screen at Salem Baptist Church for Black History Month


For February 18, 2015

“I Am For Peace,” the New Documentary About Student-led Peace March to Screen at Salem Baptist Church for Black History Month
Film to be shown during Rev. James Meeks’ weekly broadcast; Q&A with student leaders to follow moderated by Matt McGill, WVON AM radio morning show host

WHAT: I Am For Peace, the new 30-minute documentary film about one of the largest student-led peace marches against gun violence in Chicago history, will screen for the public and be broadcast live on WJYS, followed by a Q&A with students. I Am For Peace tells the story of how three Chicago Public Schools students were inspired by the social emotional learning education model called A Disciplined Life to start a peace movement at their school that culminated last June into a march drawing more than 2,000 participants, including community and business leaders, and elected officials.
Two-minute trailer: https://vimeo.com/112532885

Rev. James Meeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church
Cheryle Jackson, VP, Government Affairs and Corporate Development, AAR CORP., one of the corporate sponsors of the peace march
Matt McGill, host of WVON AM Radio morning show
Diana Shulla-Cose, president and co-founder of Perspectives Charter Schools
Chicago Public Schools students and three student architects of the peace march

WHERE: Salem Baptist Church’s House of Hope, 715 E. 114th St. The public is encouraged to attend the live broadcast.

WHEN: February 18, 2015, from 7 – 8 p.m., during Rev. Meeks’ weekly broadcast on WJYS (check local TV listings) or view online at: http://salembaptist.rbm.tv/

BACKGROUND: Each week, students at Perspectives Charter Schools spend 180 minutes in A Disciplined Life (ADL) class. They talk with their teachers and peers about the problems facing their communities, and how to apply the 26 principles of ADL to become ethical leaders and role models, to self-reflect and make better decisions.

The film features opening remarks by Chicago-born actress/singer Jennifer Hudson and an interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. I Am For Peace harkens back to the student-led activism of the Civil Rights Movement and is a moving tribute to America’s under-estimated urban youth.