Activist to Speak on Human Rights Issues

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND) at UWG and Amnesty International will host Omékongo Dibinga, a first generation Congolese-American, motivational speaker and activist on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Bonner Lecture Hall.

Dibinga will perform and talk about the ongoing violence and loss of life in the Congo and other human rights issues around the world. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

A featured speaker at the recent “Pledge to Protect” conference in Washington, D.C., Dibinga has partnered with The Enough Project to raise awareness of the ongoing violence in the Congo. 

Dibinga, an Urban Music Award Winner, poet and positive rapper, has appeared on stage in South Africa, England, Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, France, Cuba and Canada.

Dibinga’s work has appeared on television and radio on CNN, BET, BBC, NPR, Music Choice, Voice of America and Telesud in millions of homes.  

Dibinga has worked in the Congolese refugee camps and written extensively about the suffering he has witnessed in them. The rebel offensive in the Congo has worsened the ongoing and catastrophic crisis there. The conflict has turned into a resource war for minerals that make their way from the Congo to electronic equipment used around the world. 

Approximately 1,500 people die each day due to this conflict. Worse still, armed groups routinely commit acts of sexual violence against Congolese women and girls.

The motivational speaker has studied at Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown Universities, MIT, Morehouse College and The Fletcher School, where he received his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. He is currently earning his Ph.D in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland.

For more information, contact Doneen Mills at 404-394-3336.