Bobi Wine meets American rights activist Dr. Beasley

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Bobi Wine and Dr Beasley

Ugandan singing MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Friday met American rights activist, Dr. Joseph Henry Beasley, in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Today, it was a great honour meeting and spending time with celebrated civil rights activist, Dr. Joseph Henry Beasley,” Bobi Wine said.

The two spoke about Pan-Africanism, democratisation and struggles for human rights world over.

“I was particularly very humbled to see that although he is 82 years of age, he has continued to follow the goings on in Africa generally and Uganda in particular.”

They also had an emotional and spiritually uplifting visit to the burial place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr- one of the greatest people to have walked the face of the earth.

“His was a story of resilience, conviction and courage and we too pray that we are able to walk in these timeless virtues,” Bobi Wine noted.

He said at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached, they reflected and prayed for God’s protection and wisdom.

Factfile:

Human rights activist Dr. Joseph Henry Beasley was born to sharecroppers on a rural plantation in Inman, Georgia on December 27, 1936.

Beasley received his primary education in a segregated one-room school house before moving with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he excelled in the local public schools.

He ultimately received his B.S. degree in criminal justice from Park College and attended graduate school at Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Beasley was the Southern Regional Director of the National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and President of African Ascension, an organization he formed to develop economic and political ties throughout Africa and the African Diaspora.

Dr. Beasley served as a board member of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, Afronet in Lusaka, Zambia, Afrobras in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Christ Institute in Atlanta and is Chairman of both the Benedita de Silva International Foundation and the Asian American Center, both in Atlanta, Georgia and currently serves on the Board of African Leadership Magazine.

The library at Zumbi dos Palmares College in Sao Paulo, Brazil is named in his honor.

The bulk of his current work focuses on the unification of African descendants for economic, political, social and cultural empowerment.

He has received dozens of awards, recently received an honorary Doctorate  and has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other newspapers, periodicals and magazines as well as on CNN and other major American television networks.

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