CONGO SPEAKS: Film, Poetry, Art, Awareness

Join the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University’s Multicultural Student Center,  The A&T History Club and the Aggie African Coalition tonight as they stand in solidarity with the citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a part of Breaking the Silence! Congo Week.

Tonight, in the Memorial Student Union (Stallings Ballroom specifically) there will be a screening of White King, Red Rubber, & Black Death at 5:00pm.  The film is a BBC production documenting the  King Leopold II of Belgium’s brutal colonisation of central Africa, turning it into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which millions died.  

At 6:30 there will be a culinary tour of Africa featuring Jolof Rice, Fried Rice, Dodo, and Beans. At 7:00pm Carlyle Phillips & Darius Pandy host griots from throughout the Triad who are Breaking the Silence through spoken word and visual arts.

Breaking the Silence! Congo Week, which first started on the campus of North Carolina A & T State University, was created by Kumbale Musavuli (check him out on twitter @kambale) a former A&T Engineering student and Congolese immigrant to the United States.  Kambale is currently a Congolese activist, student coordinator and spokesperson of Friends of the Congo.  Musavuli’s ultimate aim is to mobilize the global community to help bring an end to the conflict in the Congo and provide support to the people of the Congo as they strive to control their enormous natural wealth and build lasting peace and stability in the heart of Africa. 

Breaking the Silence is an international week organized to raise consciousness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. Since 2008, students and community activists from the United States, Canada, England, Belgium, Germany, France, Brazil, Jamaica, Norway, Korea, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, Columbia and more have held film screenings, lectures, demonstrations and more dealing with the Congo on their respective campuses. 

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