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Teen Wins Peace First Prize, $50,000

10/11/2013, 6:34 p.m.
Mary-Pat Hector, 15, is one of 10 young people to receive the inaugural Peace First Prize, which is supported by ...
Mary-Pat Hector could no longer stand by and watch gun violence ravage her city of Lithonia.

LITHONIA – Mary-Pat Hector, 15, is one of 10 young people to receive the inaugural Peace First Prize, which is supported by various foundations and which celebrates those who have confronted injustice.

Using powerful images and starting statistics about gun violence, Hector founded the Think Twice campaign, in order to decrease urban youth gun violence and change the mindset of youth in her community.

She began by meeting with advertising firms and youth leaders to learn how to publicize and raise awareness, created a budget, and then unveiled her campaign to the media and community. Hector also held demonstrations with friends at school using posters and t-shirts to get students’ attention.

The $50,000 fellowship, spread over two years, will allow Hector’s campaign to be seen in three markets.

To learn more about the Think Twice Campaign, visit www. Justthink2wice.com.

The Reverend C.T. Vivian Congratulatory Send-Off

Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta, in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, invite everyone to join them for a “Congratulatory Send-Off Salute” honoring the Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian, 12 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013, in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium, 55 Trinity Avenue, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303.  

The Reverend Dr. Vivian is one of six honorees selected this year to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.  Dr. Vivian will be inducted into an elite class of activists and humanitarians who have been awarded our nation’s highest honor.

Atlanta Student Movement Exhibit to Open

The Robert W. Woodruff Library at Clark Atlanta University will open an exhibition of the artifacts that were developed in the 1960s by the Atlanta Student Movement at 10:30 a.m. on October 18. The public is invited to see this historic exhibition of some of the most significant artifacts that were developed during the 1960s movement.

Honorary chairpersons for the event are the following: Andrew Young, Hank Aaron, Herman Russell, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Lucy Pennington. The opening ceremonies will be highlighted with a message from Dr. Otis Moss, III of Chicago, Ill.  In addition, his father, Otis Moss Jr., who was one of the pioneers in the Atlanta Student Movement, will be present to introduce his son.

At the height of the Movement, more than three thousand students participated in ending segregation in Atlanta. The exhibit will last 30 days. For more information, call 404-978-2000. 

Clark Atlanta University Receives $3.4 Million Grant

Clark Atlanta University received a $3.4 million grant to implement and lead the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in support of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math.

The STEM grant will cover a period of five years. This alliance will allow for more than 130 minority undergraduate students per year to have direct exposure to the STEM fields.

CAU President Carlton E. Brown, principal investigator for the grant, said, “I am very pleased that our excellent STEM faculty and those of the alliance will have the opportunity through this program to expand the number of undergraduates that they teach and mentor in their research laboratories, while providing these students the chance to conduct cutting-edge research.”