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May 21, 23, & 24, 2015
San Francisco International Arts Festival 
presents Kiandanda Dance Theater's 
'Taboo and Heroes'
21st - 8 p.m.| Fleet Room, Fort Mason Center, 
2 Marina Blvd San Francisco, CA 94123
23rd - 9 p.m.| Fleet Room
24th - 3 p.m.| Fleet Room
Cost | $20 - $25

Taboo and Heroes explores the wars that struck the Republic of Congo in the late 1990's in a multimedia performance featuring modern and traditional dance, interactive video design and live contemporary music. Taboo and Heroes addresses the reality and consequences of violence and corruption through the specific experiences of Byb Chanel Bibene. More info at sfiaf.org.

Monday, May 4
Dr. Denis Mukwege on War, Rape, 
Justice, & Healing
4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library, UC Berkeley
​Tickets| Free

Dr. Denis Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and 2014 Sakharov Prize Laureate. Operating amid armed conflict, Panzi Hospital is revered worldwide for its innovative and holistic treatment of women—including many survivors of sexual violence. Dr. Mukwege is a world-renowned specialist in repairing internal injuries caused by rape. Join a discussion with Dr. Mukwege about his work and reflections on serving survivors of wartime sexual violence.
Saturday, May 16
Soul Stroll for Health
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.| Coyote Pointe
Park, San Mateo
Registration| eventbrite.com

Calling all Bay Area Black immigrants to join this exciting Family Health Festival at San Mateo’s Coyote Pointe Park. Free admission for the first 200 registrants. 

More info at 510.648.1021 or nebedi2015@gmail.com
Saturday, May 2
Hike for Congo - California
11 a.m. | Redwood Forest at Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, CA.
​Tickets| Free

Hike for Congo is a fundraiser for FILIMBI, a coalition of peace groups in DR Congo, and the #Telema peace movement. DR Congo has been in conflict for over 15 years - over 6 million have died- and the conflict is ongoing. Telema means “Stand Up” in Lingala, a Congolese language. #Telema, a global Congolese movement unfolding both in the DR Congo and in the Diaspora aims to support, develop and sustain an organized popular movement in the Congo for peace, justice and human dignity. RSVP on FaceBook or email hikeforcongo@gmail.com and/or make a donation at crowdrise.com/HikeforCongo2015-California.
Wednesday, May 13
Authors in Conversation| The East African Diaspora in Literature: From Dust to Kwani
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.| MoAD, 685 Mission St (at 3rd), San Francisco, CA 94105
Tickets| $10 General | $5 Student/Senior | Free MoAD Members

Kwani Trust, East Africa’s most prestigious literary journal, will be launching two of its latest publications at Museum of the African Diaspora. This will include the novel Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and the latest Kwani journal on East Africa diaspora experiences. Yvonne Owuor will read from Dust and have a public conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Kwani Editor Billy Kahora will then join the two writers to introduce and talk about the latest Kwani journal. More info on the MoAD website.
Tuesday, May 5
{Sound of Torture} a look inside the $150B Human Trafficking Industry
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. | Sole Space, Oakland, CA 94612
​Tickets| eventbrite.com 

Since 2006 when Europe closed its borders, human trafficking has burgeoned in Egypt’s Sinai Desert, where Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees heading north to Israel are kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured by Bedouin smugglers demanding exorbitant ransoms for their freedom. Fleeing an oppressive military dictatorship at home, with a “shoot-to-kill” policy at the border and where only pregnant women are exempted from service, over 300,000 Eritreans have fled their homeland in East Africa. Many of these men, women and children die in Sinai’s torture camps. Sound of Torture spotlights one of today’s most underreported human rights violations and the one woman who is making it her mission to create change. More info on FaceBook.
Saturday, May 16
UC Davis 44th Annual Black Family Day
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. | UC Davis East Quad
​Tickets| Free

This event is to highlight and celebrate the black family and culture. It is a free event and open to everyone. BFD is an annual community and family-friendly event celebrating the historical, social, artistic and educational achievements of the African Diaspora campus community at UC Davis.

More info at: ccc.ucdavis.edu/bfd.html and on FaceBook