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Release Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:29 PM
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Afro Blue Vocal Band and Amiri Baraka to Headline Somalia Relief Event
Eternal Voices showcases art, struggle, and global advocacy
 

WASHINGTON (January 27, 2012) – Vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue and legendary poet/ activist Amiri Baraka will perform at Eternal Voices, a fundraising event, hosted by the Students of Howard University Global Relief Fund, to help alleviate starvation in Somalia. The event will take place in Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

The evening is a powerful showcase of voices and artistic talents of the African diaspora, including music, poetry and art. Other featured performers include spoken word and dance artist Anna Mwalagho, Group Without a Name (GWN), concert pianist and Howard alumna Dana Morgan and various surprise guests.

The event will raise money and awareness to help 12 million people in the East African region who are at risk of starvation. This is due to the area experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, a decline in crop production, increases in food prices and political instability, which have led to dire famine conditions in the southern region of Somalia.

“In 2010, we raised $15,000 for the relief of Haiti. It is our hope that we exceed our fundraising goal for Somalia,” said Victoria Fortune, coordinator of Eternal Voices and founder of the Global Relief Fund. “The ultimate goal is to raise awareness and to take a hard look at the issues that are facing the African diaspora.”

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Cramton Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional ticket information, call (202) 806-7194.  Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization CARE International.

Eternal Voices is sponsored by Howard University Division of Student Affairs and Cramton Auditorium.

ABOUT HOWARD

Howard University is a private research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.


ABOUT HOWARD

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.


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