The following item will be in Friday’s paper, but since the event is Friday night, I thought I’d go ahead and post it here too:
More than 20 local organizations will host a rally Friday night, April 25, at Reverchon Park to culminate the National Day of Silence.
The first-of-its-kind rally, called Breaking the Silence, will be at 7 p.m. in the ampitheater and recreation center of the park, at 3505 Maple Avenue in Dallas. The rally is free and open to the public.
The National Day of Silence, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is an annual event designed to raise awareness about anti-gay bullying in schools. Students from middle school through college are asked to remain silent for at least a portion of the school day.
This yearâ€™s National Day of Silence has been dedicated to the memory of Lawrence King, the 14-year-old from California who was shot to death by a classmate in February for being gay.
Beau Heyen, co-chairman of GLSEN Dallas, said Fridayâ€™s Breaking the Silence rally will feature refreshments, a DJ, a performance by a youth band, two youth speakers and informational tables representing the sponsors.
â€œI think itâ€™s going to be very well attended,â€ Heyen said.
For more information on the National Day of Silence, visit www.dayofsilence.org.
For more information on the rally, visit www.glsendallas.org or call Heyen at (817)999-0199.
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