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Lyon to participate in Nonviolence Youth Summit on Jan. 13

Lyon College students, faculty and staff will help honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the 2022 Nonviolence Youth Summit on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 9 a.m. at Batesville High School (BHS). 

Actor Eric Braeden will serve as the keynote speaker. Breaden is best known for his roles as Victor Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, as Hans Dietrich in the 1960s TV series The Rat Patrol, and as John Jacob Astor IV in the 1997 film Titanic. Braeden won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1998 for Lead Actor in a Drama Seriesfor the role of Victor Newman.

The summit will feature commemorative reflections on the importance of service from BHS students. Interim President Melissa Taverner will deliver remarks along with Mayor Rick Elumbaugh, County Judge Robert Griffin, and others.

The Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission worked with local leadership to plan the summit. Executive Director Dushun Scarbrough said the Nonviolence Youth Summits were developed to promote youth engagement and community involvement. 

“The Nonviolence Youth Summits build on the noble tenants of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting his esteemed ‘Six Principles of Nonviolence,’” Scarbrough said, “and by hosting events that connect the younger generation with his legacy.”

The Commission has hosted programs in all four Congressional districts within the state. 

“It is important to us as a state agency to form partnerships throughout the state to ensure that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of peace, nonviolence, diversity and inclusiveness are shared abroad and resonate with this generation,” Scarbrough said. 

He continued, “We are always looking for ways to promote brotherhood and service, building the  ‘beloved community’ that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of.”

Taverner said the Lyon College community is honored to participate in the Nonviolence Youth Summit, which ties into the College’s mission of fostering critical, creative thought and ethical, spiritual growth leading to lives of lifelong learning and service.

“We embrace the responsibility to support and advance these efforts,” she said.

Taverner said the continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is “timeless” and vital for building successful communities both on campus and within the larger Batesville area.

“Finding ways to work in community, to understand and to appreciate differences while striving to recognize the commonality of the human experience- these ongoing efforts are how we make the changes that are necessary for us to thrive together.”