By Deborah Ealy
‘Our Children Sing’ will hold their annual program at Norman F. Feldhym Library on September 8, 2012 at 2 pm. This year’s recipient of The Alice F. Page Award will be The San Bernardino Public Libraries. ‘Our Children Sing’ is an annual program held in San Bernardino around September 11th of each year. This event was founded by the late Alice F. Page, community leader, entrepreneur, and peace major in September 2002. The “Our Children Sing’ program allows a venue for many of the talented youth in the schools, churches, and gang-riddled communities to come together in peace to celebrate one another without the fear of violence. In this world of grown-up wars, national rivalries, and teen and young adult gang violence, Page believed that we should start our peace outreach by reaching out to our children while they are still young and impressionable and teach them how to work, play, fellowship, perform, and communicate with one another without resorting to violence.
After the devastating events of 9-11, Page felt that she could no longer sit idly by without doing something, anything, to help in the fight against violence and in the push towards peace. She began her fight by reaching out to numerous public officials and people of influence in the city and state in an effort to bring about a National Day of Peace which would be observed annually on September 11th; - just one day of peace when there would be no guns, no violence, and no fighting. She felt that there was no better time to observe this Day of Peace than on the memorable anniversary of the day that our nation was forever transformed and we honor the thousands of lives that were lost.
Page worked tirelessly to bring about peace and non-violence one step at a time, starting here in her own backyard. She measured her own success not by her own wealth or comfort, but by the lives she touched on a daily basis. Like the heroes of 911 she knew that she needed to do something to make the world a better place. She chose to put her words, her beliefs, her dreams into action and stepped forward with a plan to promote peace.
Participants for Our Children Sing include: The Rockstarz from The Rock Church and World Outreach Center, Jayon Dumas from New Hope MBC, Gloria Chavez and The Ballet Forklorico Cultural Group,Pastor Joshua Beckley, Elder Larry Ealy, Garrett Ostrinski, Bronique Martindal, JuuMani Chess, and the Master of Ceremonies will be Terrance Stone from The Young Visionaries. We must remember why our children sing. They are not just singing because their group was invited. They are not just dancing because their parents and friends are watching. They are not here just to support another community event. They are not performing just to showcase their talents. No: they dance, they perform, they sing for peace.