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Guerilla Arts Professionals, The George Washington University & Ballou Senior High School host a

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

School & Community Beautification Project

Washington, DC (January 11, 2011) – “It is both ironic and appropriate that we have all come together here – on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Southeast, Washington, DC – on the day that we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, to be active and continue in Dr. King’s legacy of ‘The Dream’.  We are actively being the change that we want to see.” — Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, Founder of Guerilla Arts Professionals.

On Monday, January 17th from 12 noon to 4 pm, Guerilla Arts Professionals (GAP), The George Washington University (GW) and Ballou Senior High School (Ballou SHS) will partner for a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day at Ballou Senior High School (3401 – 4th St., SE; Washington, DC).  The Day of Service will bring together visual artists and supporters of GAP; a combined delegation of faculty, staff, and students from GW; and teachers, students, and parents from Ballou SHS – as they commit to a “day on, not a day off” to paint murals, make visual improvements, and beautify the Ballou SHS Campus.  Continuing the commitment to create a nurturing environment for students to learn and grow.

Events such as a Day of Service speak to the very mission and vision of Guerilla Arts Professionals – a community based organization specializing in innovative education, cultural arts programming, consulting and professional development.  Community building events that directly relate to education and to improving educational institutions, such as this, are a very critical part of the commitment to excellence that GAP Founder Gabriel “Asheru” Benn is so passionate about.  It is, in fact, one of the reasons GAP came on board to sponsor this event.  “There are communities that really ‘need’ and if we support them and give these communities what they need, we will get better results.  Especially if we commit on an actual ‘getting out there and doing it’ level.  And on a personal level, we as individuals need to give more of our time in the wrap around support.”  As Dr. King once said: ‘Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’ and on this Day of Service we are directly speaking to Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Day of Service activities will concentrate on specific areas of the school including the teacher resource center, principal conference room, hallways, common areas, and more.  There will also be a sister site – Simon Elementary School (401 Mississippi Ave. SE; Washington, DC) that will also benefit from this day of service.  Over 400 participants have committed to participate in the Day of Service, along with GW President Steven Knapp and some renown artists from the Washington, DC area to assist with developing the murals.  Invited guests include Vice President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mayor Vincent Gray, City Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, and Grammy Nominee Eric Roberson.

For Interviews, Press, Media inquiries & more information regarding The Day of Service, Guerilla Arts Professionals & Gabriel Asheru Benn, contact Rachel Newman – (202) 643-4250; Rae@MGSandbox.com.

For The George Washington University, contact Courtney Bowe 202-994-5631; cmbowe@gwu.edu.

For Ballou Senior High School, contact Ruth T. Jones at Ruth.Jones@DC.gov.


Lincoln and King’s Unfinished Work

ALBC National Town Hall Series – Los Angeles


Sunday, January 17, 2010


Doors Open & Reception  at  2 pm

Program starts at  3 pm


The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Grand Hall

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Town Hall – Los Angeles Panelists:

  • Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., ALBC Commissioner
  • Harry V. Jaffa, historian, author and distinguished fellow at The Claremont Institute (Professor Emeritus at Claremont McKenna College)
  • Tom Schwartz, Illinois State Historian
  • Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright
  • Gary Ross, writer/director
  • Richard Dreyfuss, actor
  • Ronald C. White, historian and author of A. Lincoln: A Biography
  • Andy Anderson, chief historian-Wells Fargo & Co.,
  • Rev. Eric P. Lee, SCLC-LA President/CEO
  • Stedman Graham, entrepreneur/motivational speaker will moderate.

Free and open to the public.  RSVP to www.lincolnliveson.com

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Many people consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president, because he successfully led the country through the Civil War.   As the author of the Emancipation Proclamation and a strong supporter of the 13th Amendment, which prohibited slavery, he is the central figure in the nation’s greatest social reform.

But does Lincoln deserve such titles as “the Great Emancipator” or “Father Abraham” common among African-Americans in the years after the Civil War?  We have uncovered much about African-American history since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. We have also uncovered much about American history since the 1960s.

Too often there is a contradiction between the words and the actions of many of our greatest leaders.  We have had to reassess the foundations of America’s commitment to freedom and its commitment to racial equality.  Lincoln too is subject to this re-evaluation, more so because he is the American role model for the world on human rights and freedom.

Throughout 2008 and 2009, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission will host eleven Town Hall meetings around the country to look at these issues and to explore what progress has been made on the “unfinished work” Lincoln spoke of at Gettysburg.   Indeed, the 200th anniversary of the birth of our nation’s most revered president is not only a celebration but also a call to action.

Inspired by Lincoln’s final efforts to build a multi-racial and an equal opportunity society, the National Town Halls Series will provide greater historical knowledge and educate mutual understanding about Americans’ differing attitudes and perspectives on race and ethnicity.



ALBC Commissioner Louise Taper

Japanese American National Museum

John Stauffer, Harvard University historian and author

Latino Museum of History, Art & Culture

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Los Angeles City Historical Society

The Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Operation HOPE

SCLC of Greater Los Angeles

UCLA Asian American Studies Center


The ALBC Town Hall Series is made possible with support from the Fetzer Institute.