Promoting Youth Empowerment and Non-Violence through Hip Hop, Chess and Martial Arts

Adisa Banjoko, activist and journalist, will talk about “Promoting Youth Empowerment and Non-Violence through Hip Hop, Chess and Martial Arts” on Mon., Mar. 9, at 7pm in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium. It’s the next installment of the Contemporary Issues Lecture Series.

Banjoko founded the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, a non-profit organization that uses “music, chess and martial arts to help young people promote nonviolence in their communities.” You can read the transcript of Banjoko’s appearance on National Public Radio’s News & Notes program on October 10, 2007 (“Hip-Hop, Chess and Life Lessons“) to learn a little more about it.

Related Library resources include books like Peace power for adolescents: Strategies for a culture of nonviolence (3rd-floor Main Collection, HM1281 .M38 2001), Violence and nonviolence: Pathways to understanding (3rd-floor Main Collection, HN90.V5 B37 2003), Reducing hate crimes and violence among American youth: Creating transformational agency through critical praxis (3rd-floor Main Collection, LC46.4 .G67 2002), and Peacemaking circles & urban youth: Bringing justice home (3rd-floor Main Collection, HV9279 .B69 2008). There are also articles such as “Tolerance rules: Identity, resistance, and negotiation in an inner city recreation/drop-in center. An ethnographic study” (Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 2001, vol.25:no.1, pp.73-103), “Athletic coaches as violence prevention advocates” (Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2015, vol.30:no.7, pp.1090-1111), and “Identifying and intervening with girls at risk for violence” (The Journal of School Nursing, 2003, vol.19:no.3, pp.130-139). See also online resources such as Youth violence: A report of the Surgeon General (online), especially chapter 5 on “Prevention and Intervention,” and the ACE prevention strategies web page from the Centers for Disease Control that lists examples of programs, both community and school-based. The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is currently funding six National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention From 2010-2015 these Centers, formerly Academic Centers of Excellence, are implementing strategies to reduce youth violence. The web page provides links to descriptions of the six centers to learn more.

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional materials.

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I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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