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Media Advisory: April 4th Revisited: Saving Lives, Building Dreams!

WHAT: April 4th Revisited: Saving Lives Building Dreams! is the country’s first national Town Hall Meeting on preventing violence affecting youth using a public health approach and advancing the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leaders within government, politics, health, entertainment, education, community and youth organizations, and the media will join together to transform what has traditionally been a day of mourning for the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into a day that builds momentum to prevent violence affecting youth in the first place.

April 4th Revisited: Saving Lives Building Dreams! starts off with a national telebriefing featuring members of congress and mayors discussing the pandemic of violence affecting youth and prevention strategies. The briefing is followed by in-person panels.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4th at 12noon to 1pm (ET)/ 9am to 10am (PT) (Telebriefing)

WHO: Coordinated by The Martin Luther King III Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights and the CDC-funded Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY).

Telebriefing speakers include:

  • Mayor Landrieu (New Orleans)
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35th)
  • Congressman Al Green (TX-9th)
  • Prevention experts on violence affecting youth:
  • Dr. Howard Spivak, Director, Division of Violence Prevention, CDC
  • Larry Cohen, UNITY Co-Chair and Executive Director Prevention Institute
  • Dr. Lauren Smith, Medical Director, MA Dept. of Public Health
  • Dr. John Rich, Chair Department of Health Management Policy, Drexel University
  • Dr. Howard Pinderhughes, UC San Francisco, UNITY
Journalists on site are also invited to attend the panels featuring:
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Actor Tyrese Gibson
  • Nationally recognized youth spokesperson Mary Pat Hector
  • Former Atlanta Mayor and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young
  • Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez
  • Minneapolis Councilman Don Samuels

Download the full agenda, and view the press kit.


Telebriefing call in:

Media Only: 888-795-0855
International Number:
Passcode: UNITY
Non Media: 1-888-447-7153, pass code 227380

Panels will be held at The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Pkwy NE in Atlanta

Follow @SavingLives12 and @UNITYinitiative, and #savinglives12 for updates, and visit to facebook.com/SavingLivesBuildingDreams for more information.

Event transcript will be available on http://www.preventioninstitute.org/unity and http://www.mlkiii.org/APRIL4thREVISITED.php


Prevention Institute is a national non-profit organization, established in 1997, dedicated to placing prevention at the center of efforts to improve community health, equity and well-being. The Institute specializes in building capacity among community-based organizations and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level to develop strategies for environmental, policy, and systems-level changes to prevent illness and injury in the first place. Find us at www.preventioninstitute.org.

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