Rwanda : African Americans are doing great too, Melanie tells Rwandans!

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Every month of February is a Black History Month in the United States of America. On this Wednesday 22nd February 2012, the US diplomats celebrated this event by watching a movie together with Rwandans of different walks of life.

Students from Lycee de Kigali, civil servants and businessmen were some of the categories of Rwandans who attended the celebrations.

On show, was a movie called Boycott. This movies shows how back in 1955, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks dared to take an empty seat in the “Whites Only” section on a city bus in Montomery, Alabama USA and sparked one of the first major battles in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, thus bringing the work of Martin Luther King to the attention of many Americans for the first time

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Levida Hardy discussing with the audience

As the movie ended, there followed a discussion that based on the movie to full elaborate the African American challenges and triumphs.

Financial Management Officer at the US Embassy Levida Hardy explained how the change came about despite the brutality and segregation of back in the 1950s. The law amendments and overall development that all Americans are currently enjoying equal rights.

Assistant Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy, Melanie L. Edwards also stressed on how African Americans lives have changed. She cited examples of African Americans who are great academicians, Lawyers, Politicians and Civil Servants.

US Embassy Kigali has organized weekly movie shows (with African American stories content) scheduled every Wednesday afternoon, where by any Rwandan interested in watching the movies submits an online reservation request.

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