By Chris Levister
Keeping The Dream Alive
By now she would be burning up the phone lines trying to get Barack Obama to attend "Our Children Sing", on another line she would be trying to get on the Oprah Winfrey Show to promote her dream of creating a national non-violent holiday. She was profoundly moved by what happened on September 11."
That's Nathan Harris, son of the late San Bernardino community leader Alice F. Page, remembering his mother's fervent vision of creating non-violence and world peace - one child at a time.
"She would look around at all of the violence going on throughout the world and in our own communities. She wanted to make a difference. She wanted to change the way children in particular view violence and conflict," said Harris.
On Sunday September 7th the Alice F. Page Committee will present the 7th Annual "Our Children Sing" program at Court Street Square in San Bernardino located across from Carousel Mall. The program will honor the memory of September 11, 2001.
The ‘Our Children Sing' event is not just about the innocent lives lost during the tragic events of 911, says committee chairperson Vicki Lee.
"We've got violence in our own backyard. Thousands of innocent lives are lost each year due to senseless violence. Sadly many of those lost are children," said Lee. "We want to send a strong message to our local youth that - life is precious. We have to learn how to live together or we all perish."
This year's program will feature a host of local musicians, children's choirs, mimes, the Pacific High School Color Guard, Northside Drum Squad and much more.
Area elected officials, law enforcement representatives and members of the faith community will also join in the festivities.
San Bernardino City Unified School District Vice-President Danny Tillman will receive the Alice F. Page Award.
The free event begins at 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Vicki Lee at (909) 913-1669.
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