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Nonviolence Week parade, rally tweaked for pandemic

The Oct. 4 event will conclude with a gathering at the Covelli Centre parking lot. People will remain in their cars and listen to the rally on their radio by tuning to 97.3 FM.
Nonviolence Parade 2018
This year's Nonviolence Parade in Youngstown won't be like the one from 2018 shown here. This time, participants will remain in cars because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past)

YOUNGSTOWN — The 10th annual Nonviolence Parade and Rally on Oct. 4 will have a different format because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 3 p.m. parade kicks off Nonviolence Week in Ohio (Oct. 4-10) and will be a procession of cars, trucks and floats. 

The downtown parade will begin at the intersection of Wood Street and Wick Avenue, proceeding through downtown Youngstown to the Covelli Centre parking lot. 

The rally will begin in the parking lot immediately following the parade. People will remain in their cars and listen to the rally on their radio by tuning to 97.3 FM. The rally also will be available to watch on Facebook. 

Denise and John York and The DeBartolo Corporation are sponsors of Ohio Nonviolence Week in the Mahoning Valley.

The remainder of the week’s events will all be virtual, either via Zoom or Facebook. Zoom meeting invites can be found at

The schedule offers: 

  • Oct. 4-8 — Five Day Nonviolence Reading Challenge followed by panel discussion via zoom at noon on Oct. 9. Panelists will be: Dr. Ben McGee, former Youngstown schools superintendent; Carol Bennett, Youngstown State University assistant provost; Terry Vicars of Catholic Charities, a Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past member; and Ke’Lynn Dean, YSU student. Register for the challenge at Ohio Nonviolence Week committee and the YWCA are sponsors.
  • Oct. 5 — “Mingle with Minni” fund-raiser for Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past. Spaghetti dinners ($12) can be ordered online and picked up at Flambeau’s Live, 2308 Market St., from 6  to 9 p.m. Also available is an auction on baskets at Flambeau’s Live and St. Patrick Church in Youngstown are sponsors.                     
  • Oct. 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Simeon Booker Award for Courage via Zoom. The recipient is Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a Civil Rights activist who participated in the Freedom Rides, was arrested and spent weeks in Parchman Penitentiary. She is the first white member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Mahoning Valley Historical Society and Ohio Nonviolence Committee are co-sponsors. The Zoom invite is found at   
  • Oct. 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. — “Speak Your Peace” Poetry Slam/Spoken Word via Facebook. Poet Orlando Watson of Cleveland will be the guest speaker. Youngstown City School District, Inspiring Minds of Youngstown, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and the  Ohio Nonviolence Week committee are co-sponsors.

Nonviolence Week has been celebrated in Youngstown since 2010 when, at the request of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past students, Nonviolence Week resolutions were passed by Youngstown City Council, the Youngstown School Board, Youngstown State University trustees and Mahoning County commissioners.

The first nonviolence parade and rally in 2011 was the idea of a Sojourn student Janae Ward. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni introduced into the Ohio Senate Sojourn’s “Nonviolence Week in Ohio” bill, which was passed by both houses of the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on July 11, 2013.