Friday, June 14, 2013

Notes from Nonviolence: Celebrating Our Beloved Community!

After a long day of our final assessment for certification, the participants in both Level I and Level II Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training at the 12th International Nonviolence Summer Institute had a night of letting loose.

After a delicious dinner, the night was kicked off with a performance by 5th Elament with an energetic set of empowering music.

Kalyana Champlain, aka 5th Elament

The 401 Group, a local B-Boy/Girl group, amped the crowd up and we filled the night with song and dance. A highlight of the night was when our classmate Kalisa, a peace activist and musician from Rwanda, performed a song he wrote just that night called "Hobe (Peace)."

We celebrated ourselves, our learning, and our community together. As many who were in the Civil Rights Movement have said, they had music and humor to keep their spirits going in the hard times.  We enjoyed music and humor to celebrate our two weeks together in intensive training, a perfect way to spend our final night together.

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