Maxwell alumna Phaedra Stewart ’91 finds it difficult to look at the world without seeing opportunities to connect with people, raise their spirits and empower them to make their lives better. A self-described serial entrepreneur (some might say a serial…
Abani gives keynote speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Abani gives keynote speech at Martin Luther King Jr. CelebrationJanuary 21, 2007SU News ServicesSUnews@syr.edu
Nigerian-born writer Chris Abani gives the keynote speech during this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in the Carrier Dome on the theme of “The Beloved Community: Imagining Our Global Humanity.”
Abani was at one time imprisoned by the Nigerian regime for his writings. From turmoil came art; his breakthrough novel, “GraceLand,” is a moving portrait of a teenage Elvis impersonator, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s largest cities, Lagos.
Also part of the festivities were choral music by a mass choir and by SU’s Black Celestial Choral Ensemble; and the presentation of the 2007 Unsung Heroes Awards.