Stop the Violence: 'Returning to Motown'

August 2, 2013 (CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill.)

They are taking to the stage and using their talents to send a message to stop the violence.

1960's Detroit. It was a tumultuous time for race relations, but also a time when stars were beginning to rise. Young people, including Mary Wilson, were able to escape poverty and make a name for herself as one of Berry Gordy's Supremes.

These students are part of a not-for-profit organization called TruVision Productions. They are rehearsing for an upcoming play called "Return to Motown." The play depicts the success stories of Motown's stars to emphasize the message that every child should have the chance to grow and live their dreams.

"We've just had so many people that have been killed by gun violence," said Jacqueline Sanders, executive director, TruVision Productions. "I want these children who are in their same age group to think about that and to appreciate the lives that they have and make a difference with the lives that they have."

Students say the message hits close to home.

"I lost a best friend to violence in the city," said Tanaya Orange, 17. "The people who are killing, getting shot is basically the youth. It's us, and we are the future. But we will not be the future if we keep killing each other. Life is already short as it is, so why would I want to stop another person's life?"

"I think young people should take more action. We're forming the world, and what we do will have an impact on the next generation," said Maiya Estes, 16.

"There's been many cases where people have died or they're very close to dying, and we just want to let everyone know that there's still peace and love out there," said Quentin Sanders, 15.

"Return to Motown" will hit the stage at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights next Friday, August 9. If you'd like ticket information, visit

Copyright © 2024 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.