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 · firstname.lastname@example.org · 865-2152
Location: Miller Hall, room 114
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.)
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.