Peace celebration focuses on post-apartheid South Africa


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — PeaceDay 2014 events at the University of Louisville will focus Sept. 18 on “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy in South Africa.”

    South African poet-performer Diana Ferrus will give a spoken-word performance, “A Hard Walk to Dignity: South Africa 20 Years After Apartheid,” at 4 p.m. in Thrust Theater, 2314 S. Floyd St., and then participate in a panel discussion there with historians Tyler Fleming, UofL, and Steve Davis, University of Kentucky, and African Student Union representative Amina Ahmed.

    A showing of “12 Years A Slave,” the 2013 film adaptation of a slave’s narrative memoir, will be offered at 8 p.m. in Floyd Theater, Swain Student Activities Center.

    Students also will distribute tokens throughout the day as “random acts of kindness” in the student center and at the Thrust Theater event.

    UofL’s Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation Program and the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research offer the free, public events to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

    Additional sponsors are the College of Arts and Sciences’ International, Diversity and Engagement Programs office; and the departments of theater arts, history, Pan-African studies and women’s and gender studies.

    For more information, contact Russell Vandenbroucke at 502-852-8448 or or check

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.