Black SON Day

Black SON Day with Dr. Marty K Casey

On August 9th, 2020, exactly six years after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a day of remembering and healing will take place throughout the world. The murder of George Floyd on May 25th of this year shocked the world. It brought a new focus to the longstanding patterns of senseless acts of violence in the U.S., and inspired the urgency to change the culture that has permitted it. A variety of community programs and organizations have been founded to draw attention to the problem. To connect these community programs, Black SON Day was created by Dr. Marty K. Casey, founder of UnGUN Institute, to globalize these initiatives.

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Dr. Marty K. Casey, is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) since 2006, and Founder and President of Show Me Arts Foundation, the first arts organization formed immediately following the unrest of Ferguson Missouri. Marty’s success has been acclaimed by numerous awards, interviews and acknowledgments including being featured on Beyoncé.com and recognized by this highly acclaimed artist for her work in the community. Marty currently serves as the St. Louis Regional Network leader for the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment®.

Amongst other career highlights, Marty sang the National Anthem for an audience of 30,000+ fans. She also completed a 12-year successful run as a national touring actress for Menopause: The Musical. In 2018, she was inducted into the United Nations as the first female Goodwill Ambassador of Peace in the Midwest. She received her first Honorary Doctorate and became an Ambassador for Shine Ministries Orphan children in Uganda, Africa. Marty has also written and produced a one woman show which was sponsored by AARP in February 2020 and sold out a 302-seat theater in Brooklyn, NY. She was given 2 standing ovations. She has written a 7-day self-help guide instructing individuals to journal their inner thoughts to help them tap into their own personal success. She is an Actorvist: A person with acting skill campaigning social change from the stage!

Play for Peace

Play for Peace with Sarah Gough

Five hundred million people live in countries in conflict, many of them children at risk for violence and exploitation. Play for Peace shares a hopeful, but ambitious vision to unify the world starting with bridging the divides in the most conflicted areas led by local youth leaders. Play for Peace teaches children, youth and communities that there is another way. Differences and conflict are a part of human reality, but hatred, violence and fear don’t have to be.

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Sarah Gough, MSW, is Play for Peace’s Director enjoying over 20 years field work with youth in diverse settings. Involved with Play for Peace since 2001, Sarah co-authored “Peacecircles” (2013) and has facilitated training and workshops in experiential peace education around the world. Through Sarah’s leadership Play for Peace has grown to include thousands of children, youth and adults in over 40 countries. As an experiential educator she has facilitated growth, learning and change in corporate, governmental, religious and school groups.