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Kailash Satyarthi Speaks at Loy Norrix

2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Speaks at 7 p.m. Feb. 22

“Today it is time for every child to have a right to life, right to freedom, right to health, right to education, safety, the right to dignity, right to equality, and right to peace.” Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Loy Norrix High School will host a lecture by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the school’s Kasdorf Auditorium.

Satyarthi is a leading advocate to end child slavery in India. Satyarthi has helped free more than 87,000 child slaves through his organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement). He is also the founder of the Global March Against Child Labour.

Tickets to the lecture are available at the door for a recommended $15 donation, free for students with IDs. The lecture will be preceded by a private reception. Tickets to the reception are $50 and include entry to the lecture. To purchase advance tickets or tickets for the reception, visit All proceeds will benefit PeaceJam in Kalamazoo.

Satyarthi’s lecture “Free. Safe. Educated,” will provide a unique opportunity for those in the greater Kalamazoo area to learn about him and his struggle to expose the system of child slavery that exists worldwide and how he has created movements to help children to be free, safe and educated.

Satyarthi’s human rights work has focused on the idea that young people should be “free” from child slavery, child labor and child trafficking; “safe” in a just and sustainable world; and “educated” in school so they can determine their futures.

His presentation is part of this weekend’s PeaceJam Spring Youth Conference, which will bring more than 200 elementary- to college-age students to Loy Norrix for two days of community service projects and workshops centered around Satyarthi’s “100 Million” campaign, which aims to improve living conditions for children around the world.

For more information, contact Todd Bannon at (269) 387-3485 or email

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