Monday, April 02, 2007

Local media coverage

I could go hoarse screaming at the top of my lungs and still not reach the sheer number of people that the media can. An article in a paper or 20 seconds on TV is so important to saving my friends as the media often "set the agenda" for what people talk about. Getting the media to take notice of Darfur is step one in a global awareness campaign.

To this end, it was encouraging to see a local newspaper journalist at last Sunday's community panel discussion on Darfur. Although this event was not well attended by members of the community, the resulting article reached across many communities and onto the doorsteps of more people than I could ever do in one day.

To read the article in the Chapel Hill Herald, click here.

Motivated by Meredith

This past week has been promising for my friends in Darfur. Unfortunately, my uncle passed away last week as well, so I have been distracted from writing on this blog. However, there has been some positive momemtum.

I had the privilege of sharing my passion with a packed house at Meredith College this past week. It was refreshing to see so many eager faces interested in learning more about Darfur, the possible solutions and how students can play a role in ending the conflict. A credit to the organizers, the event was well planned and offered me a great platform to share my heart. The questions from the audience were intelligent and engaged and I thought the panel discussion afterward offered a diverse range of opinions. One of the first events of its kind at this all-girl school, I hope that it is a great launching point for greater awareness and compassion on this campus.

This event motivated me and encouraged me. It was great to see a room full of men and women who might have wandered in without a clue, but who left an enaged global citizen.