Duquesne to Commemorate Rwandan Genocide at Walk to Remember

Duquesne University and its Center for African Studies will commemorate the 1994 Rwandan genocide by participating in the Walk to Remember on Wednesday, April 6, starting at 4 p.m.

The walks are held around the world every year to mark the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, remember the victims, support the survivors and to educate youth to ensure such a tragedy doesn't happen again.

Participants will gather on Academic Walk for a brief prayer and moment of silence. Posters featuring images and information about Rwanda's history, the genocide and reconciliation will be displayed along a designated path for the walk.

After the walk, at 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom, Carl Wilkins, the only American to remain in Rwanda at the time of the genocide, will share stories of his experiences. Undergraduate students from Rwanda will contribute and respond to his presentation. A reception will follow.
The event draws attention to the idea that socially constructed divisions can lead to very violent, devastating and tragic consequences, said Dr. Gerald Boodoo, director of the Center for African Studies. "While it is important for us to assert our individuality, uniqueness and identity, it is equally important for us to assert our solidarity, compassion and kinship with each other," Boodoo explained.

In addition to marking the genocide's 22nd anniversary, the event further supports Duquesne's strategic commitment to a closer relationship with the nations and people of Africa.

"The University's mission and strategic initiatives in Africa have always been focused on addressing injustice, engaging mutual relationships with individuals and institutions on the continent, and creating conditions for members of the University community to further realize goals of global citizenship, compassion and justice," said Boodoo. "The walk fits right in with the nature and scope of the Center for African Studies and the University's mission to understand and meaningfully engage the continent."

Co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Walk to Remember is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 412.396.2651 or email africanstudies@duq.edu.

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