Bucks County’s Peace Center Celebrates MLK Day With Its Annual Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit

The event, which is open to the entire community, will feature student speakers, workshops, and discussions about racism and discrimination.

The Peace Center will be hosting the 11th annual MLK Teen Peace and Social Justice Summit on Sunday at Pennsbury High School. 

The event is open to seventh and eighth graders, all high schoolers, parents, educators, and community members and will feature student speakers, workshops and discussions about racism and discrimination, according to the Peace Center’s website

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After Central Bucks School District students were caught drawing swastikas in the condensation on school bus windows, then-school board member Jerel Wohl knew something needed to be done and created the summit with the Peace Center.

“That’s when I said, ‘you know we really need to start having conversations about this’,” said Wohl. 

The summit was previously held in Central Bucks and this the first time it’s being held at Pennsbury, added Wohl. 

Stephen Tyson Jr., aka the musician Ellect, will be emceeing. Tyson makes music about education and racism and has also provides workshops on Hip-Hop’s history. 

Tyson is also an adjunct professor at Arcadia University and has worked in education for over 20 years, according to his website

“The arts are really important in education so as much as we can have that in there to really make an impact for the students is something that really makes sense,” Wohl said.

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There will also be resources to connect attendees with groups such as the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others.  

Wohl hopes the summit will help attendees understand each other better.  

The summit is free, but attendees must register by 2 p.m. the day of the summit. The event will last from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and refreshments will be provided afterward.

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Eden MacDougall is a freelance journalist and Temple University alum. He also covers education for Billy Penn.

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