Peace activist and hip-hop singer will address Kennesaw State community
Submitted by tdemel on Tue, 03/20/2012 - 4:22pm
Emmanuel Jal to headline Stand Up for Peace event March 31 as students attempt to break Guinness world record for largest human peace sign
KENNESAW, Ga. March 20, 2012– Sudanese peace activist and international hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal will address the Kennesaw State University community on Saturday, March 31, on the Campus Green as thousands of students attempt to break the record for the world’s largest human peace sign.
Jal, a child soldier from Sudan who became known as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, will also be speaking to KSU students in a master class workshop on performance studies for social activism on Tuesday, March 27.
Jal has emerged into a global recording artist acclaimed for his unique style of global hip-hop music and his message of peace and reconciliation. In 2008, a full-length documentary on his life, “Warchild,” won 12 film-festival awards. For his commitment to peace building, Jal received the 2011 Common Ground Award previously awarded to Bishop Desmond Tutu and Mohammad Ali. Jal has addressed the United Nations and U.S. Congress.His 2009 TED Global talk was a YouTube sensation.
Jal, who lives in the U.K., comes to Atlanta at the invitation of nonprofit Mothering Across Continents and Kennesaw State. One of Mothering Across Continents’ flagship efforts is Raising South Sudan, a project that helps former Lost Boys of Sudan fund education, school building and clean water in the Republic of South Sudan. The Lost Boys refers to 3,800 young men invited in 2001 to leave refugee camps and come to the U.S. to begin new lives.
KSU graduate Nathaniel Nyok, a former Lost Boy of Sudan and participant in the Raising South Sudan project, will join Jal in delivering the message that youth locally can be a positive force for global change.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.