At a recent book release, Irby was joined by community leaders and organizations. Nationally recognized North Little Rock Officer Tommy Norman, North Little Rock firemen Williams and Black, Pam Snell of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Giselle Hudson of the Arkansas Health Department, and Darrel Evans of Seconds Protectors were among those who gave presentations at the release entitled: So, You Want To Stop Violence: Awareness, Wellness, and Choices Fair.
Irby sponsored and hosted the event at the William F. Laman Library – Argenta Branch in downtown North Little Rock, Arkansas, to acknowledge violence issues and promote his new book.
Other supporters included Pulaski County’s Youth Accident Prevention Program and the Veterans Affairs Nutrition and Dietician Department.
Irby’s new book, Love Within Life: So, You want To Stop Violence inspired Irby to create the Awareness, Wellness, and Choices Fair which addressed violence issues including domestic violence, child abuse, bullying, peer pressure, and other inappropriate behaviors.
At the event, Irby also presented concerns about messages in an overwhelming number of rap and hip-hop songs that promote violence and inappropriate behavior. Irby urged the sports leagues and related sports entertainment organizations to reject the use of rap and hip-hop music that promotes inappropriate behavior.
“The sports leagues and sporting entertainment often use music to promote and cross-promote events. Sports and music are two of the most influential sources for our youth’s behavior. The violence and inappropriate messages expressed in the specific songs contradicts the conduct and ethical policies that govern the sports leagues and we have experience recent examples of those violations, “ Irby said.
At the Awareness, Wellness, and Choices Fair, Irby sent a live email to the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as part of his presentation. More awareness and book release presentations are planned by Irby to address violence awareness.
“For the sake of our youth and our future, it is my wish that people will choose wellness over violence,” said Irby.
Irby’s book So, You Want To Stop Violence? can be purchased through most book retailers and online stores.
For more information about author Jason Irby and his projects and humanitarian efforts, visit www.lovewithinlife-jasonirby.com.