Vigil Against Violence to be Held at AU

Vigil Against Violence to be Held at AU

1/17/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - A candlelight vigil against violence honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remembering those who were lost in the Sandy Hook School, Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy will be held in the upper level of the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the Ashland University campus Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. 

The campus and the community are encouraged to attend.  The event is free and open to the public.

During the vigil the names of those lost at Sandy Hook will be read aloud with each name followed by silence to express solidarity with those directly affected by this tragedy.

The vigil has been initiated and organized by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, which has an organizational vision of “seek[ing] a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized.”  

“It seems fitting to honor the memory of King’s work by remembering some of the people whose lives have been lost to violence,” said John Stratton, executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. “This is a not a political statement, but a time to reflect on what is lost to the community, when lives are taken senselessly.” 

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this one-hour vigil.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University, located on the Ashland University campus, seeks a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized. For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit the website at www.ashland.edu/acn.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.