The “One Nation: Hip Hop Unity Summit” is scheduled at Santa Monica High School Saturday, March 31st, hosted by the nonprofit Pico Youth & Family Center and what organizers describe as “a collaborative grassroots planning committee.”

The event, which intends to “bring hip-hop back to the people” was derived from various discussions with youths, who concluded that hip-hop was the best instrument to create social change, by engaging diverse youths in a movement for peace, unity and social justice.

The event will start at 10 a.m. with a conference featuring educational workshops and a panel discussion. From 3 to 8 p.m. there will be performances by featured hip-hop activists, including KRS-One, who will top off the summit at Santa Monica High’s Greek Theatre.

Artists who have confirmed their intention to perform include Aceyalone, Medusa and deejays, break dancers, spray-can muralists and conscious lyricists in the hip-hop movement, according to Oscar de la Torre, founder and executive director of the Pico Youth & Family Center.

There will also be an array of vendors selling food, clothing and art.

The Hip Hop Unity Summit is a benefit for the services and programs of the Pico Youth & Family Center, a youth-serving organization that addresses violence stemming from youth conflicts throughout Los Angeles, according to de la Torre.

The center’s program of prevention and intervention includes a recording studio, where youths recently completed a CD compilation titled Best of the West Coast Underground Vol. 1.

The Hip Hop Unity Summit is an extension of the youth center’s success in reaching youths through the power of Hip Hop culture, music and the arts, says de la Torre.

All of the proceeds raised through this event will enable the Pico Youth & Family Center to continue to provide culturally relevant programming that reinforces the values of non-violence and respect for the diversity that makes up our community, he says.

The event will conclude at 8 p.m. and event organizers urge participants “to arrive early and in positive spirits.” This is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

Admission is $10 for students with ID; $15 with a flyer; and $20 general admission.

Tickets and information, (310) 396-7101 or (310) 272-4581, my space.com/onenationhiphopsum mit/. Information on Pico Youth & Family Center, www.picoyouth .org/

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