‘Testing Tolerance’ Series Features Genocide Survivor

| February 13, 2012
Human rights advocate and Rwandan Tutsi genocide survivor Jacqueline Murekatete will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the 1948 Theater at Sweet Briar’s Fitness and Athletics Center.

The event is part of the Honors Program colloquia series “Testing Tolerance” and is co-sponsored by Sweet Briar’s Lectures and Events Committee. It is free and open to the public.

Murekatete was 9 years old when she lost her entire family to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. She came to the U.S. in 1995, earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from New York University, and is currently enrolled at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

Murekatete has shared her story with a broad audience by participating in several documentaries on genocide prevention and through features in The New York Times, the UN Chronicle, The Washington Times, Newsday, The Huffington Post, People, Al Jazeera, NPR, Voice of America, CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC and other media outlets around the world.

For her work, Murekatete has received several awards, including the Girls Learn International Humanitarian Award, the UN International Peace Ambassadors’ Outstanding Humanitarian Award, and the Moral Courage Award from the American Jewish Committee.

For more information, contact Julie Hemstreet at (434) 381-6473 or jhemstreet@sbc.edu.

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