2002-01-19 / Community

Hip-Hop Summit Draws Both Stars and Activists

Hip-Hop Summit Draws Both Stars and Activists

A Hip Hop Youth Summit honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held this year on the peace leader's birthday, and will focus on the theme of "taking back responsibility." The event was planned by State Senator Malcolm A. Smith and hi s "Bringing Teens Together" group in cooperation with the Hip Hop Summit Youth Council, the Hip Hop Summit Action Network and the "Save a Student" project.

Held on Monday, January 21 from 3-6 p.m. in the York College Performing Arts Center on 94-95 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, it is intended both as a discussion forum and as a launching pad for several new initiatives that relate to the summit's theme.

These initiatives include the "Million Youth Membership Drive", an anti-drug campaign named "Game Over", and another interesting project titled "Read to Succeed". All will attempt to improve quality of life for the youth of the community, and stress the importance of individual responsibility for one's actions.

"I am proud to be a sponsor of this event, which fittingly honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to social justice and community." Senator Smith said. "There is no greater role model for our youth that Dr. King. With this summit, we hope to instill the same sense of commitment to social justice and community that he so courageously embodied in his all to short lifetime."

The summit will be hosted by a number of elected officials, community activists and even celebrities, who will either speak, or be honored in some way for community service. Other organizers of the event, besides Senator Smith, are Charles Fisher, Chairman and founder of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, and Minister Ben Chavis, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

Sean (P. Diddy?) Combs, rapper DMX, author Sister Souljah, and Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, are all expected to attend. For more information call the office of Senator Smith at 718-291-9097.

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