More than 75 people attended “A Tribute to Nonviolence” at the Evanston Art Center in October, a benefit celebrating the first anniversary of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training. The center was founded by native Evanstonian Pam Smith along with Sherri Bevel, Mary Lou Finley, and Gail Schechter.

Gretchen Livingston, Miriam Joseph, Carmen Corbett, Ms.  Schechter, and Ms. Smith hosted the event, which raised nearly $4,000.

Speakers from the City’s Youth and Young Adult Division included Kevin Brown, Nathan Norman, Lachisa Barton, Stacey Moragne, Jermey McCray, Porschia Davis, and Deanna Howlett. Mr. Brown thanked former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl for believing in their unique team. Jacquis Irby, a middle-schooler who participated in their summer Kingian workshop, talked about the difference between “non-violence,” a Band-Aid approach to conflict, and “nonviolence,” the active presence of peace and justice.

Ra Joy, back in Evanston only a few months after his oldest son was shot and killed in Chicago, gave an impromptu speech.

The mission of the Addie Wyatt Center is to to engage and empower communities facing violence with the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation.