Voices Against Indifference Initiative

The Wole Soyinka Project: Truth, Memory & Reconciliation

September 2002 – February 2003


Calendar of Events

January 2002       Teacher Workshops: (Free of charge) Curriculum guides will be created by a student advisory panel
                            with faculty direction. Copies of this guide will be distributed to teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County
                            to prepare students for their dialogue with Professor Soyinka. The curriculum will focus on Africa, issues of
                            human rights and reconciliation and Soyinka’s literary works.

January – February 2002
                            Film Festival: Hosted by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Films that represent the
                            Soyinka Project mission, such as Long Night’s Journey into Day, a film documenting the South African Truth
                            and Reconciliation Commission, Lumumba, a film documenting the life and assassination of Congo’s first
                            democratic president, Patrice Lumumba, will make up the series. Director Raoul Peck, (Lumumba) has been
                            invited to the opening.

January 4, 2002    Art Competition for High School Students: (Deadline: 5PM) Students across the county will be asked to
                            submit original works of photography or two-dimensional art, whose focus is justice and reconciliation between
                            diverse racial groups. Advertised in The Charlotte Observer, educators and arts professionals will serve as judges.
                            Writing Competition for High School Students: (Deadline: 5PM) Students across the county will be asked to
                            submit original poetry and prose whose focus is justice and reconciliation between diverse racial groups. It will be
                            announced in The Charlotte Observer; educators and arts professionals will serve as judges. Read the winning entry here.

TBA                    High School Drama Class Play Production: Under the direction of Charlotte Repertory Theater, a local high
                            school will script and produce a play relating to the life of Wole Soyinka. The play will then be presented along
                            with a student-created study guide to area middle school students.

January 24, 2002
                            Student Tolerance Day: Providence High School will host 700 students from across Charlotte-Mecklenburg
                            County including local public, private schools, home-schooled children, as well as students from Hyde School,
                            Bath, Maine, and the Paideia School in Atlanta, to prepare for the Student Dialogue. Students will be introduced
                            to The Echo Foundation, Wole Soyinka, and will be educated on topics specific to project themes. Small groups
                            will be formed for discussion and generation of ideas for questions at the Student Dialogue.
February 19, 2002
                            Keynote Address: (6 PM, Hilton Charlotte & Towers) With an introduction by author, Maya Angelou, 1986
                            Nobel Laureate for Literature, Wole Soyinka will be the Keynote Speaker at the Third Annual Echo
                            Award Dinner. His address on the topic of Truth, Memory and Reconciliation will be delivered to approximately
                            700 guest.

February 20, 2002
                            Student Dialogue: (8:00 AM) Providence High School will host a 1.5-hour discussion between students
                            and Professor Soyinka. Students will base their questions on knowledge acquired from their studies using the
                            curriculum guide and Student Tolerance Day. This will be the culmination and the exclamation mark of The Wole
                            Soyinka Project: Truth, Memory, and Reconciliation. WJZY has generously committed to creating a documentary
                            of this educational event in Charlotte to be shared nation-wide.
                            Staged Reading: (7:30 PM, Booth Playhouse) The African American Play Festival will present a staged reading
                            of Soyinka’s work at the Booth Playhouse, followed by an audience dialogue with the playwright.

February 21, 2002
                            Soyinka Poetry: (8 PM, Location TBA) One evening of Soyinka’s February visit will be devoted to his poetry.
                            Moving Poets, a local dance and mullet-media troupe, will perform an interpretation of Soyinka poetry followed
                            by a readings by Soyinka himself. Audience discussion following.