We Are People Conference statement of purpose

The Dr. Martin Luther King Colorado holiday commission is happy to announce we will be hosting the 5th annual We Are People youth conference. This is an all day conference taking place February 20, 2016 in Denver, Colorado, which promotes diversity and Inclusive Excellence in higher education and the community. The Summit draws approximately 300 students, participants, expert speakers, and practitioners. It delivers a series of workshops, discussion forums and generates opportunities for networking and debate designed to increase the understanding of and appreciation for multiple worldviews related to education, social justice, and inclusive excellence.


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Six Principles and Six Steps to Non-Violence

As developed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Principles

Principle 1

Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

Principle 2

Nonviolence means seeking friendship and understanding among those who are different from you.

Principle 3

Nonviolence defeats injustice, not people.

Principle 4

Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform people and societies.

Principle 5

Nonviolence chooses loving solutions, not hateful ones.

Principle 6

Nonviolence means the entire universe embraces justice.

The Six Steps

Gather Information

Learn all you can about the problems you see in your community through the media, social and civic organizations, and by talking to the people involved.

Educate Others

Armed with your new knowledge, it is your duty to help those around you, such as your neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers, better understand the problems facing society. Build a team of people devoted to finding solutions. Be sure to include those who will be directly affected by your work.

Remain Committed

Accept that you will face many obstacles and challenges as you and your team try to change society. Agree to encourage and inspire one another along the journey.

Peacefully Negotiate

Talk with both sides, go to the people in your community who are in trouble and who are deeply hurt by society's ills. Also go to those people who are contributing to the breakdown of a peaceful society. Use humor, intelligence and grace to lead to solutions that benefit the greater good.

Take Action Peacefully

This step is often used when negotiation fails to produce results, or when people need to draw broader attention to a problem. It can include tactics such as peaceful demonstrations, letter-writing and petition campaigns.


Keep all actions and negotiations peaceful and constructive. Agree to disagree with some people and with some groups as you work to improve society. Show all involved the benefits of changing, not what they will give up by changing.

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We Are People Youth Banquet & Awards


"Education is Essential to Excellence"

VIP Recepetion & Silent Auction: 5p.m.to 6p.m.

Dinner starts: 6:15p.m. to 7:05p.m.

Awards Ceremony: 7:05p.m. to 8:00p.m.

Closing Remarks: 8:00p.m. to 8:15p.m.  

Fundraiser Details:

On Sunday, February 21, 2016 the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission will be inviting several members from the community to join in a celebration of our Colorado youth who took part in the We Are People Youth Conference. Students will be awarded for their participation and advancement in the speech and debate contests. This banquet serves as a fundraiser to fund scholarships and other youth events the commission sponsors throughout the year.

 Keynote Speaker: TBA         Cost: $50       Ticket required for entry

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