Human Rights Day
Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide & the Heroes Who Survived It, featuring Author Dydine Umunyana
Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m.
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Warshof Conference Center, Monroe A/B (3-205)
Public parking in lot M, Brighton Campus
Free and open to the public
Tickets required and available online
MCC’s Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project invites you to attend its celebration of Human Rights Day, a global event honoring the creation of the United National Declaration of Human Rights. The Project is honored to host Dydine Umunyana, author of the memoir Embracing Survival that tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsis at the hands of the Hutu perpetrators, through the eyes of the four-year-old-child she was when the massacre occurred. In 2013, Umunyana was appointed a Youth Peace Ambassador for the Aegis Trust, an organization dedicated to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. Subsequently, in 2015, she became a Global Mentor for Peace at Serve to Unite, an organization that cultivates peace through creative service learning and global engagement. Umunyana is committed to establishing a dialogue between people for understanding their shared histories and culture differences.
"Witness to the Holocaust" Exhibit
Now through Friday, November 16
Leroy V. Good Library
Mondays-Thursdays: 3-9 pm
Fridays: 8 am-4 pm
Saturdays: 11 am-4 pm
Free and open to the public
Parking for visitors and guests is available in Lot V (visitor's lot).
In 1943, when Private William Alexander “W.A.” Scott III was drafted into the United States Army, Jim Crow segregation was deeply entrenched in all facets of the country. As an African-American, Scott served as photographer in a segregated battalion for people of color. On April 11, 1945, Scott rode into Eisenach, Germany, on an Army convoy with the 8th Corps of General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army. That afternoon they entered Buchenwald, one of the largest concentration camps established by the Nazis within German borders. Scott became one of the first Allied soldiers to enter the camp and liberate prisoners of the Holocaust. The African American soldiers liberating the camp could hardly overlook the irony of their own status in an army that considered them inferiors, even as they fought to defeat the Nazi army that carried the banner of racial supremacy. Following the war, Scott went on to become circulation manager of the Atlanta Daily World and he served on the committee to celebrate the first official national holiday commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to being a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and a tireless civil rights activist, Scott was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial in 1991.
Scott’s singular experience is documented in a photographic essay titled “Witness to the Holocaust,” which includes the photographic record of the Holocaust he helped to establish. Additionally, the exhibit draws parallels between the United States’ Jim Crow Laws of the 1880s-1960s (later overruled by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965) and the Nuremberg Race Laws of 1935-1945 implemented in Germany and Nazi-controlled areas of Europe. Through 10 panels in chronological order, the story of segregation and oppression in various countries (including our own) is thoughtfully shared.
The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project, in partnership with the Office of Global Education and International Services and the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, is proud to welcome the “Witness to the Holocaust” exhibit to the Brighton campus' Leroy V. Good Library from October 29 through November 16. This period coincides both with the Project’s annual Kristallnacht program (Monday, November 5 on both the Brighton and Downtown campuses) and International Education Week (November 12-16).