NGO/Government Leaders, Educators, Advocates, Entrepreneurs
PEACE, CULTURE, DEMOCRACY: High School - Professional
It's of equal importance for us to foster productive conversations about peace, culture and human rights issues that affect the communities where we work. Watching how these issues affect another person's life through the media only tells one part of the story. The other part can only be told by the person that experiences those moments every day. So during each initiative, we coordinate public lecture series with local embassies, schools and cultural centers to invite the public to participate in these conversations. One of our most popular programs is "Rhythms, Rhymes and Race in America". This award-winning multi-cultural lecture-concert takes audiences through the historical evolution of American music and popular culture from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the election of our first African-Amer- ican President. Our "Americanness" is not the work of just one race, but many that mixed blood, cultures and cultiva-
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United States Embassy
ed new forms of expression through migration. Did you know that a European slave trader wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace"? That American Gospel music originated from Scottish Gaelic psalms? Or that Hip-Hop has been directly traced to African rituals? Through study of the social strata, race, culture and musical performances, audiences will discover that we have more in common than history books have led us to believe. Because our hearts all beat to the same rhythm!
"The world is filled with very talented people, but it is the rare few who apply that talent to a social message that addresses those searching for hope and inspiration. It is a rare opportunity for an embassy to join with an artist of Yewande's caliber."
In order to affect sustainable change, our soco-economic empowerment initiatives depend on cooperative partnerships with non-government organizations, government agencies, corporations and academic institutions that are also committed to community transformation. These partnerships afford us powerful opportunities to engage in productive discourse about country specific issues, promote collaborations and learn viable alternative methods that can reduce the impact of poverty where leaders, advocates and local
business owners live and work. Through poverty analysis, role play and practical exercises, participants will learn how to master diversity and inclusion, unbiased communication, organizational leadership and capacity building through practical application. Together, we can make a difference!