April 12, 2010

John Amman and Gary Stewart Speak at the Community College of Baltimore County to Students and Faculty on Black Man’s Grave and SLVP

BALTIMORE, M.D., April 12, 2010 – Gary Stewart joined his fellow author John Amman for his lecture to an audience of approximately 60, including students and faculty of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).  Coordinator of the English department, Evan Balkan approached the authors when their book, Black Man’s Grave: Letters from Sierra Leone was chosen as the book of the year by the college.  Mr. Amman’s lecture included the story why they chose to write the book and the importance of published literature written by the residents of West Africa.  He went on to profile the three main correspondents in the book, Umaru Mansaray, A.K. Bangura and Y.S. Mansaray, each with a different perspective of the rebel war in Sierra Leone; the pre-war climate, the outbreak of the war, and the atrocities of the war, respectively.  His lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session, including several students who are African nationals or working on their own non-profits in Africa.  The event was very informative and a wonderful exchange of knowledge for both groups and we’d like to extend our thanks to the CCBC community for their hospitality and enthusiasm. 

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