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“Staying Alive: Bullying Stops Here”


America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to be keynote speaker at local Huntington anti-bullying event

Native Crooner to set singing aside, lend voice to anti-bullying rally

February 5th, 2015 – For release March 1st, 2015

Huntington, WV – Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the season 6 winner of NBC television’s “America’s Got Talent” and Logan, WV native, is well known for his singing voice when he steps up to a microphone, but on March 6th at 6:30 pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ (located at 701 5th Avenue in Huntington, WV) he will step up to the microphone for a different reason.

Murphy will be the keynote among an exciting slate of speakers at an event titled ‘Staying Alive: Bullying Stops Here.’ Murphy sees the importance of lending his voice to this topic to make life better for West Virginia students who may suffer bullying at school for any number of reasons and was eager to add his name to this event. “I was a victim of bullying as a kid myself, so helping others in the same situation is near to my heart,” says Landau. “I’m honored to be part of this great event.”

Along with Murphy, Steve Williams, the Mayor of Huntington, will be present to bring a greeting to the event. Cabell County Superintendent of Schools William Smith will speak and Cora King, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2015, will lend her voice along with other special speakers and singers.

About the Event

‘Staying Alive: Bullying Stops Here’ is being sponsored and organized by Gravity, the youth and young adult outreach ministry of First Congregational UCC. James Dismond, Gravity’s youth ministries leader, presents the event as ‘a community wide rally uniting youth, young adults, parents, and community leaders with resources and education towards anti-bullying.’

The event is endorsed by numerous Cabell County officials including school administrators, city leaders, church leaders, and community leaders. While the event is being held at the church, Dismond states that this is simply the venue; the event’s focus is solely on anti-bullying and will not be a ‘church service.’

Dismond states that he has been impressed with the enthusiastic response to the event and believes this shows how big of a problem bullying is. His hope is that this event will give students necessary resources to cope with bullying while encouraging students, parents, teachers, administrators, and even lawmakers to open up conversation on dealing with the bullying problems that are a very real threat to our children’s education, mental health, and in some cases, even their lives.

‘Staying Alive: Bullying Stops Here’ is free and open to the public and will be followed by a fair and refreshments in Bromley Hall, located in the church basement. Organizations that offer a variety of resources to students will be present with further information. Event attendees are asked to RSVP by visiting and filling out the quick and easy attendance form.

Dismond encourages community attendance: “We want to pack this event to send a clear message that Huntington is a supportive, tolerant community. Bullying stops here.”


To learn more about this event, please contact:

James Dismond, ‘Gravity’ youth and young adult ministries leader (304) 522-2681 |

For more information on Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., please contact:

Burke Allen, Manager

LEM Touring Inc.


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