This is an extension of our seminar event but from a different perspective.
"A Change Is Gone Come; Stopping the Violence."
Honoring & supporting Victim's, Survivor's and Families of Victims and Survivors of Gun and Domestic Violence.
Our youth and young adults are dying senselessly to the streets on a daily basis from both gun and domestic violence while many of their cries goes unheard.
With nowhere to turn or no one to turn too, many say that "it's been too hard living, but I'm afraid to die, because I don't know what's up there beyond the sky, It's been a long, long time coming but I know a change has got to come, oh yes it will." The prolific words of the late great Mr. Sam Cooke written and released in 1964.
The theme of the Duncantell Foundation's seminar and Black Tie Gala is "A Change Is Gone Come; Stopping the Violence." This theme was chosen to bring awareness to the community not only to demonstrate that a change must come not only with our youth and young adults but to the community as a whole.
We must talk about courage, faith, keeping the fire, not giving up, moving forward and succeeding.
The good of life is when you see someone down, depressed, and headed in the wrong direction, what do you do?
We as a community must be builders of people by lifting up one another and encouraging each other to do better. Don't give up, keep the faith and hold on.
When a person is weak oftentimes they can't quite understand their freedom, but when they're strong they don't allow conflict to control or restrict them.
We must understand that we as a community cannot exercise negativity or offend those who are weak, nor should we harm or disrupt the harmony of something that is good.
We must uplift one another without offending and knocking others down causing them to stumble. We must not be an obstacle of negativity, nor should we devastate or destroy someone because they do things differently than you. We should also not pull a person down who is trying to do better as we oftentimes do and sometimes unknowingly.
Our youth and young adults must also understand that they should not abuse themselves when they're strong because they're not exempt from being weak.
We must show our youth and young adults that they can say to the weak "I've been where you are and I'm glad that I didn't give up."
The song "A Change Is Gone Come," was inspired by various personal events in Cooke's life, as well as the circumstances surrounding the Civil Rights Movement.
Not only was this song deemed as being both "culturally and historically diverse, but as stated earlier, it has salient characteristics that are just as pivotal today as it was in the yesteryear of 1964.
There is a sense of pain and suffering within our economically depraved communities which tends to be devalued. We must face such obstacles head on from a positive perspective. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. PhD stated in his "I Have a Dream Speech...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!"
As we bring awareness of the struggles that not only our youth and young adults face but our community village as a whole, we must incorporate education, information and inspiration as we bring about change.
It was once stated, "Sam Cooke tapped into the despair, the anger, and the frustration that many black Americans felt in the context of persistent racism, while managing to maintain a hopeful tone. He realized that the tide was beginning to change by the early to mid-1960s in American race relations. There is almost a self-assured tone in this song - he didn't hope that a change was going to come, he knew it would"
Even though this event is not focusing on race relations but community relations, please recognize the importance of the words of "A Change Is Gone Come" as you close your eyes and listen.
This song speaks to all struggles, as well as to all walks of life, because it takes a village to change our nation. Yes we have come a long way since the struggles of 1964 and the Civil Rights Movement, yet, we still have a long ways to go. A Change has come but must continue first within the bowls of our community as a whole and then nationwide.
The funds from our fundraising events will be not only be used for the youth and young adults who wishes to further their education but it will also be used to assist families financially who are victims and survivors of their circumstances and to establish shelters and safe environments for those who are victimized by their circumstances.
Tickets are $50 for this event and can be purchased via PayPal.Me/FoundationDuncantell and will be available at will call on the night of the event. If you would like to sponsor an individual or a table please contact us. Tickets are $75. Cocktail Hour 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Dinner & Program to follow.
All ticket sales will get a tax deductible receipt.
For further information please contact Sheilah @ 323-673-3033. We would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you would like to sponsor a table or an individual for either event please let us know.