On the national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC), a national, volunteer, civic network released a manifesto to "Change the Culture of Violence in America."
"This manifesto calls for Americans of all ages, races, nationalities, faiths and professions to actively work to change the cultural norms that promote violence in our beloved nation. We must change the national habit of showcasing violence in the media, games and entertainment. We encourage institutions, organizations, faith institutions and families to work together to improve parenting skills and to make nonviolence and conflict resolution regular elements of education, recreation and culture," stated National co-Chairs Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Virginia Delegate Daun S. Hester.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, chaplain, Black Women for Positive Change, said, "We must change the culture of violence because we are losing generations of young and old ... we are self-destructing. Certainly, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and walk in his footsteps, we must survive and pick up his nonviolence spirit. We must move unconditional respect for human life back into our national ideology and speak out against violence in movies, TV and rap. America must stop being a violent society that continues to reproduce violence."
Black Women for Positive Change recently executive produced a violence-prevention film called "On 2nd Thought," available free on YouTube. "On 2nd Thought" was directed and produced by Harbor View Filmworks. Resources for production of the film were donated by BW4PC.