Monday, October 3, 2011

4th Annual Julius K. Nyerere Commemoration

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Julius K. Nyerere Commemoration committee will convene its 4th Annual program commemorating the life and work of Julius Kambarage Nyerere at Howard University Hospital Auditorium from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

The Tanzanian Ambassador Her Excellency Manaidi Maajar was a featured guest at last year’s program and has been invited to address the commemoration again this year. The exciting program will feature drumming by Ngoma Na Rafiki, as well as performances by Maryland’s Taratibu Youth Association. Featured speakers will include, among others,
Dr. John Rutayuga of Ukimwi Orphans Assistance,
Dr. Baruch of Everlasting Life Health Complex,
Wisson West of Serengeti Gallery, Elvira Williams of AHEAD and
Jessica Mushala of S.H.I.N.A. will be Mistress of Ceremonies. The program will also feature a Tanzanian style auction of African art, and for the 3rd year in a row be catered by Caroline’s Kitchen.

Who was Julius Kambarage Nyerere and why should we commemorate his life and work? Simply put, he was a man who built a political career fighting poverty, ignorance and disease – and winning.
This program was begun by local activist and admirer Rick Tingling-Clemmons in collaboration with a number of Tanzanians to commemorate the life and work of Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, who was a visionary leader – kind, astute, a dedicated educator who led the nation to adopt Swahili as a national language and embraced the title Mwalimu, which means teacher in Swahili, and implemented Ujamaa – Swahili for collective work and responsibility. He authored several books; was a tactician and a pan-Africanist who materially supported many of his fellow African nations’ liberation movements.

Commemorating his life should be seen as one of the keys that will unlock the miseries of today’s woes as we fight against poverty, ignorance and disease the world over.

We encourage you to attend this family-friendly life-affirming event.

For more information, contact Rick Tingling-Clemmons at or 202.388.1111.

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