Nobel Peace Prize Recipient To Speak At Chapel-Forum April 17

April 10, 2000

Baylor University will host Nobel Peace Prize recipient Betty Williams in Chapel-Forum on Monday, April 17, in Waco Hall.

In 1976, along with Mairead Corrigan-Maguire, Betty Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against violence in her native Northern Ireland. Together, they founded the Community of Peace People, an organization which is still involved in the betterment of life in Northern Ireland. For more than 20 years, Williams has traveled the world, working with fellow Nobel laureates in trouble spots throughout the world where the cause of peace, and especially the safety and well-being of children, is at risk.

Williams moved to the United States in 1981 and has traveled extensively throughout the country. She has been honored with the Schweitzer Medallion for Courage, the People's Peace Prize of Norway, the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, and the Frank Foundation Child Care International Oliver Award for her work with the children of Russia. In 1992, Texas Gov. Ann Richards appointed Williams to the Texas Commission for Children and Youth. She received the Rotary Club International "Paul Harris Fellowship." In January, Williams assumed her appointed professorship at Florida Atlantic University in both the women's studies and peace studies departments.

William's vision is to save the world's children by creating safe havens where they will be fed, sheltered, nurtured and encouraged to grow to their fullest potential. This vision is being realized through the work of World Centers of Compassion for Children (WCCC), a non-profit organization she founded in Gulf Breeze, Fla., in 1997. It is the WCCC's intent to enable children to address the United Nations General Assembly on a regular basis, and establish a system within the United Nations Court of Human Rights whereby children will have their own voices heard alongside those of their adult counterparts.

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Lake, dean of chapel and minister to the university community, at 710-3517.

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