Shamere McKenzie is an American survivor of modern day slavery. Hear her speak at Loyola University New Orleans tomorrow, October 4.

Shamere McKenzie is an American survivor of modern-day slavery. She gave a stirring speech at the 2010 Freedom Awards, in support of her friend and mentor Tina Frundt (a survivor of child sex trafficking, who won the Fredrick Douglass award for her tireless activism against slavery).

If you’re in the New Orleans area, you’ll get a chance to see Shamere, because she’ll be speaking at Loyola University New Orleans! The event is open to the public. If you’re interested in attending, contact Dr. Laura Murphy—who happens to be an English professor, anti-slavery activist, and Free the Slaves’ student chapter coordinator.

Here are the details about the event, titled “Human Trafficking in the U.S.”

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Contact: Dr. Laura Murphy · lmurphy@loyno.edu · 865-2152

Location: Miller Hall, room 114

Find out more about Shamere McKenzie here.
Thanks, Laura, for putting this event together! And thank you, Shamere, for speaking out about slavery, and sharing your experience with the world—and for rocking the Free the Slaves “Slavery Sucks” t-shirt!

Watch the 2010 Freedom Awards!

The beautiful Shamere McKenzie, an American survivor of modern-day slavery, presenting the 2010 Fredrick Douglass Freedom Award to mentor and fellow slavery survivor Tina Frundt.

Last weekend, Halogen TV premiered the 2010 Freedom Awards. We live tweeted and watched the broadcast along with the rest of you—it was just as inspiring and exciting to relive as it was to experience first hand. (I got to see what I looked like on camera, as I accepted my Zimmerman Fellowship—that part was not so fun. But I was once again moved to tears watching2010 award winners JEEVIKA, Roger Plant, Tina Frundt and 2008 winner James Kofi Annan stand on stage and speak about freedom.)

Watch Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Forest Whitaker, Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser, actor Eric Balfour and other stars and activists on the Freedom Awards red carpet!

If you missed it, you can now watch the show at your leisure, because here it is, below, in its entirety! Scroll down for the footage from the Freedom Rocks, the anti-slavery movement’s best after party featuring Jason Mraz, the Makepeace Brothers, Luc and the Lovingtons, and Ghanaian reggae superstar, and current NAACP Image Award nominee Rocky Dawuni.