Wednesday, October 15, 2008

UIS program will address domestic violence

The Healing Waters Empowerment Project: "I Will Carry My Sister's Pain" will be presented at the University of Illinois at Springfield beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The event, as well as a 6 p.m. reception in the Public Affairs Center restaurant, is free and open to the public.

Presented in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the program tells the stories of six victims of domestic violence, who share their experiences through song, dance, poetry, and inspirational readings.

Event facilitator LaTrice Nettles explained that the program is designed to provide a forum to discuss domestic violence and how it affects men and women of all cultures, sexual orientations, and races, and to raise awareness and understanding of domestic violence and related issues, including how to get out of a violent situation.

Featured performers will be Briana Byrd, Dorian Byrd, Shellie Moore Guy, Joy Johnson-Williams, Nina Little, Sandra Solomon, Juanita Spann, and the Suffice Gospel Choir and Beloved Dance Team.

The event is sponsored by the UIS student organization Living Word Bible Study; co-sponsors are the UIS Student Activities Committee, Women's Center, Diversity Center, and Office of Volunteer & Civic Engagement, and student groups Suffice Gospel Choir, Student Parents Association, and Christian Student Fellowship.

For further information contact LaTrice Nettles at 836-0861 or