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|Wamba: The Transition to Peace in the DR Congo; Vukani Mawethu Choir|
|Date||Saturday March 13|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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Downs United Methodist Church
6026 Idaho Street (and 61st St., 2 blocks east of San Pablo)
Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba is a committed intellectual, historian-philospher, and activist for sustained peace, democracy, transparency, and pro-people politics in Africa. He is a leader of the non-militarist RCD-Kisangani which opposed the dictorial regime of L.D.Kabila and has participated in all phases of the Inter-Congolese political negotiations which led to the signing of the Pretoria accord in 2002. He currently serves as a member of the Transitional Senate and is Vice-President of the Political, Adminstrative and Legal Permanent Commission engaged in drafting laws for Senate discussion and adoption.
A leading theoretician on the Palaver, a Congolese cultural form of nonviolent conflict resolution, Wamba created the Ota Benga Center for Human Diginity in Kinshasa.
As an academic, his theoretical work focuses on the state, the politics of emancipation, and world history and revolution.
Vukani Mewethu is a nonprofit multiracial choir which sings the freedom songs of Southern Africa, primarily of South Africa, in Zulu, Xhosa, Sethu, and English, and also gospel, spirituals, labor, and civil rights songs linking peoples in the U.S., South Africa, and around the world.
The event is sponsored by the Ota Benga International Alliance for Peace in the DR Congo and Priority Action Network. Suggested donation, $10, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Wheelchair accessible.