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Event to offer community resources and feature Charles Pugh, among others

DETROIT, Mich., March 9, 2010—The peace advocacy group We-Us-I Will S.U.R.V.I.V.E. along with Marygrove College are hosting the First Annual Peace and Love Day on Saturday, March 13, 2010, from 1- 5 p.m. on the Marygrove College campus.

The event is inspired by national youth and peace activist Weusi Olusola, who, at 16 years old was the innocent victim of gun violence, leaving him paralyzed. The event marks the one-year anniversary of his passing, at the age of 38, from liver cancer.

The event will feature inspiring stories from people who have been directly affected by violence, as well as remarks by Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh and a keynote address by Diane Weathers, Senior Vice President for Communications and Advancement at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Ms. Weathers was former Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine and a program officer for the United Nations World Food Program.

The event will also offer community resources and entertainment. This event is free and open to the public. Join us and become inspired, entertained and empowered!

Additional sponsors include: Marygrove College Student Government, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s Pioneers for Peace, Detroit City Council, Park West Foundation’s “Blue Babies,” Partnerships for Peace, City of Detroit Youth Commission on Peace and Justice, Tamarian Institute, Youth Violence Prevention Task Force, University of Central High School and the Focus Hope Safety Project.

For more information, contact the Peace and Love Day Committee at (313) 254-3818.


Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1927, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society.

The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.
8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221
Web site: www.marygrove.edu


In 2010, We-Us-I Will S.U.R.V.I.V.E. was founded by Nadiya Olusola in memory of her late husband, Weusi Olusola. We-Us-I Will S.U.R.V.I.V.E. keeps Weusi's mission, "Pioneering for the preservation of our youth" and his message of peace and love alive. We-Us-I Will SURVIVE is open to partner with all that are committed to work together to manifest peace and love to empower our youth.


In 1986, Weusi Olusola was shot four times and was told he'd never walk again. Weusi triumphed over the tragedy when he dedicated his entire life to changing lives of youth by using his own experience to mentor, motivate and inspire youth in Detroit area as well as the nation.


The Park West Foundation was formed in 2006 to provide assistance to children and families including foster care, family preservation, family life education, counseling, teen parent services, residential placement and adoption. The Park West Foundation also provides support for young women and young men who have “aged out” of the foster care system. The foundation's goal is to create a more complete support system that promotes solutions for creative, lasting and positive development of youth including healthy community connections.

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