Governors State University to Address Violence Crisis in Communities and Schools on November 18

Live multi-media event free to area high school and college students; Special Guest Appearance by Rapper DLOW

University Park, IL – (ENEWSPF)—November 5, 2014. Respond to Violence: Reaching Our Youth – a live multi-media event – will take place in Governor State University’s Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. Respond to Violence is a violence prevention initiative of GSU’s new Civic Engagement and Community Service Center.

The program will include a performance from the book, “How Long Will I Cry,” written by GSU theater and media students. A panel featuring Dr. Garrard McClendon, Rap Activist Rhymefest, Hip Hop Peace Activist FM Supreme and Rap Activist Che “Rhymefest” Smith will follow the performance. The program will also include musical performances by FM Supreme, with a special guest appearance by Rapper DLOW, creator of the internet dance craze, the DLOW Shuffle.

“The initiative strives to give voice to those impacted by violence by searching for solutions through dialogue and collaboration,” said the program’s creator Yevette Brown, GSU Associate Professor of Media Studies.

Each year, Respond to Violence develops videos, televised forums and web-based content in partnership with the GSU Department of Digital Media, Marketing and Communication. These projects explore various forms of violence and feature grassroots organizations, community and civic leaders, academic and care professionals. 

Respond to Violence: Reaching Our Youth is a free event open to area high school and college students, as well as the community.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. Seats for the November 18 event can be reserved at