Bridging continents

Day of African culture at Rock Bridge High School meant to inform and inspire.
Sunday, April 30, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008


Community Coordinator Frankie Minor, left, Bimbola Akinbola, a junior at Hickman High School, and Edo Rosenboth from St. Louis, discuss the movie “God Sleeps in Rwanda.” (SKY GILBAR/ Missourian)

More than 250 people from multiple generations and ethnicities gathered at Rock Bridge High School on Saturday to enjoy the music and art of Africa and to discuss issues facing the continent today.

Members of the student-led Global Issues Club at Hickman High School put together “African Conference: Crossing Border, Connecting People” to raise awareness about African issues and humanitarian crises.


Members of the Global Issues Club work on an exhibit of African art Saturday at the “African Conference: Crossing Border, Connecting People” at Rock Bridge High School. (SKY GILBAR/ Missourian)

“It’s easy to forget there’s a world outside of Columbia,” Hickman senior and event organizer Afton Grier said. “I think there’s a lot of things going on in the world that people don’t know about.”

Students hoped to both inform and inspire students and other members of the community to get involved. After a lunch of African food and a performance by Universal Drum Appeal, participants joined in a “maongezi,” which means conversation in Swahili, to discuss what they had learned from the event and how they can make a difference.


After watching “God Sleeps in Rwanda,” a film about genocide in Rwanda, viewers broke into groups to discuss their feelings. (SKY GILBAR/ Missourian)

“We really want people to decided what that information means to them and what they want to do with it,” Hickman senior and event organizer Allison Minor said.

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