Webersen Family Grant: Genocide Today ~ A Voice from the Congo

  • School Year: 2019-2020
  • Applicants: Carolyn Shea, Lead Teacher & Monica Ahern
  • School: Hall High School
  • Subjects: Social Studies

Toto Kisaku, playwright, actor, producer, director, and community activist, will raise the awareness of Social Studies students at Hall High School (approximately 370 students) regarding the history and repercussions of the colonization of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the tragedy of today's "silent holocaust", and the significant role that multinational corporations and western powers play in the DRC. His presentation "Genocide Today: A Voice From the Congo" will complement the Social Studies curriculum, as well as help comply with Connecticut legislation requiring Holocaust and genocide education in Connecticut schools. Mr. Kisaku will introduce students to his country and the modern-day genocide happening there and will share his own personal story of an artist who escaped execution in the DRC for creating theater to educate communities and rectify social injustices.

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