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Ferguson-Florissant School District, Robert Renteria Call for a United Front to Address Racial Divide

Author civically engages, contributes to the creation of a peace in communities.

Ferguson-Florissant School District, Robert Renteria Call for a United Front to Address Racial Divide
Ferguson, MO, April 22, 2015 --( Author of the internationally acclaimed Barrio book series, Robert Renteria, will address students and faculty of Ferguson-Florissant School District, his publicist announced today. Ferguson, Missouri is among America’s top news stories involving racial strains this year. Renteria will speak on Thursday, April 23, 2015. He will discuss innovative teaching tools that effectively counter violence.

Students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District are currently reading "From the Barrio to the Board Room 2nd Edition," and "Mi Barrio" books written by the author.

"They're reading because they are relevant and exciting," explained Robert Renteria. "The Barrio books resonate with our kids. It teaches them that the ultimate weapon is not a loaded gun but rather, an educated mind."

Organizers believe that attendees and participants will walk away from this presentation with new ideas and solutions to take back to their respective communities.

"I'm very proud of Robert Renteria. He is one of a few authors who consistently exchanges knowledge, civically engages, and contributes to the creation of a peaceful community," stated Fran Briggs, Director of eMediaCampaigns! and publicist to the author, Robert Renteria.

Every day, thousands of children, teens, and young adults around the country are subject to violence and racial epithets. Nearly 33% of all school-aged children are bullied every year. Students involved in violence and bullying are apt to have mental health issues, more challenges in school, and abuse drugs and alcohol.

Renteria says that during the Grammy Awards and Super Bowl earlier this year, President Obama and the NFL reminded us all that domestic violence are unacceptable. He added that First Lady, Michelle Obama is has campaigned against Anti-bullying for several years.

"I am humbled and blessed to have been chosen to follow up on President and First Lady Obama and the NFL's messages when I address the students and faculty in Ferguson, MO. on Thursday April 23rd," stated Renteria. "The aim is to break the racial divide. It's not about violence and non violence; it's about non violence, or non existence."

"I want to thank Michelle Martin who is the Professional Development & Diversity Manager for Thompson Coburn LLP. She coordinated the donation and distribution of Barrio books through the firm. Thompson Coburn LLP not only made it possible for me to address students in two assemblies in Ferguson, they're also helping our kids in Chicago as well," Renteria concluded.

About Robert Renteria
Robert Renteria addresses youth issues through his Barrio book series. His school and faith-based curricula inspire and teach teens as well as at-risk youth how to make better choices. His books and comprehensive, non-generic programs have impacted hundreds of thousands of youth across America, and 24 other countries. As a critically acclaimed speaker, he is instrumental in expanding youth and anti-violence initiatives. For more information, visit, email, or call 312-933-5619. For bookings, press inquires, interviews and photo exhibits, please contact his publicist: Fran Briggs:
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