Triumphs: A Conversation with Emmanuel Jal
Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts) - Greenwin Theatre
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8, Canada
Presented by TO Live as part of the Insights Discussion Series.
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Exhibition Freedom Zone: The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is highlighted in the exhibit, as is the Canadian TRC. These Commissions are only the beginning of a long journey towards reconciliation in this country and others around the world. From his start in life as a child soldier in Southern Sudan in the early 1980s, Emmanuel Jal has survived immense struggles to become an acclaimed recording artist, actor, author and peace ambassador now living in Toronto. He has performed his music at Live 8 and Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert. His triumph over his plight as a refugee taught him about the need to give back. Jal is the founder of We Want Peace (WWP) which aims to raise awareness on the fundamental principles of justice, equality and freedom for all through the power of music. WWP supporters include Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Richard Branson, George Clooney, Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, Yasir Arman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Emmanuel has received The Dresden Peace Prize, The Mattie Stepanek Peacemaker Prize, and been awarded by Ban Ki-Moon at the UN for his peace keeping efforts in South Sudan. He received his Canadian citizenship in the spring of 2019. Join Emmanuel for an inspiring evening of stories about his journey toward internal reconciliation and songs that celebrate the human spirit.
As a complement to the upcoming Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibition at Meridian Arts Centre (formerly the Toronto Centre for the Arts), The Insights Discussion Series highlights our own human rights issues and the local activists currently fighting for the betterment of us all. Curated by Timea Wharton-Suri and hosted by Garvia Bailey, the four discussions will be offered FREE to the public with registration.
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