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We’re all excited that LAP’s 10th anniversary is now just a little over one month away. It would be great if our website readers can join us.
The event will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin, Sept. 7 and 8.
Excellent news is that Obama Principal Jessie Kekula has received his visa and will be able to attend the program. He will be honored for his work at the Obama School at a reception on Friday night, Sept. 7, and he will address event participants on Saturday, Sept. 8. Lyn Howell Gray, a former Peace Corps volunteer who lives and works in Liberia, will also attend and be honored on Friday night for her work with LAP.
On Friday night, the celebration will begin with the showing of a recent award-winning film about history, memory, and land rights in Liberia, “The Land Beneath our Feet.” The film was co-produced by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Gregg Mitman and London-based filmmaker Sarita Siegel, and features Liberian and LAP friend Emmanuel Urey, a recent PhD graduate from UW. Prof. Mitman will introduce and answer questions about the film.
On Saturday, the celebration will include a presentation on LAP’s work over the past 10 years, as well as two panel discussions – one on other groups that work in Liberia. The second panel will focus on various aspects of life in Liberia today. The day will end with a Liberian dinner Saturday night.
There is no fee for attending the celebration, but reservations are needed for the Saturday dinner. They may be made by emailing: [email protected]. A $10 donation is requested to cover the cost of the meal. We hope we will see you on Sept. 7 and 8 in Madison.