Beverly Hills NAACP Joins Hollywood Stars to Stamp Out Bullying
Posted on October 27, 2011
The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP and Verizon recently teamed with Hollywood stars to address teen bullying and violence at the NAACP Verizon Teen Summit at Los Angeles' Dorsey High. The summit kicked off the “Addressing Teen Domestic Violence: Stop the Bullying” campaign, a national effort to discourage bullying and support teens exposed to life-threatening situations.
Among the stars participating in the summit were Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), Ray J (R&B Artist/Actor), Gloria Govan of Vh1's "Basketball Wives: LA" and Hill Harper (CSI:NY) who is also the “Stop the Bullying” Teen Summit Ambassador. The stars wore purple ribbons in support of anti-bullying, and were excited to share their stories about the dangers of bullying with the students. Some even tweeted their excitement:
In conjunction with the Summit, we asked our supporters for words of advice for bullied kids. Here are some of your replies:
"Define yourself, don't let others define you."
"From the removal of the natives from their land, or the immorality of slavery, the bullying suffered by so many is yet another example of the struggle facing humanity; acknowledging differences. But please do not forget: the injustices of the past were all eliminated by the passionate work and effort of the few brave enough to act morally; Let us not forget, and let us never give up."
"Anti-bullying has to start at home. Children [and adults] have to be taught to do unto others as you would have done unto you, not do unto others as they "do" unto you! I'm raising six girls and believe me its not easy, and especially when it comes to what and how they treat each other at times. It has to be taught at home, start by getting them to know there is a creator of this universe and we are all equal." -Cheri Marenco
"I was bullied in a small hick town in the Southwest, big redneck, farmboys pickin on city kid from Detroit. My teacher would not help me, and I was determined to make the principal do something, so whenever I felt threatened I jammed, ON MY OWN, to the office. The teacher couldn't stop me because I had a good reason (she was maybe scared herself). Keep making admin. accountable, worked for me." -Alan W. Perkins