Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The third annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival will take place next weekend at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The event is organized by the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), and the opening events on July 26th at The Holiday Inn (2101 Wisconsin Ave, NW) will feature a performance by the Young Ethio-Jazz band from California as well as other musical and cultural activities.
Among the organization’s honorees this year include former high school English teacher Reeyot Alemu, recipient of the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award and winner of the 2013 UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize. “Unfortunately, none of the honorees EHSNA has selected in recognition of their work for liberty are able to be present at the festival,” EHSNA said in a press release. Other honorees include eight Muslim leaders who are currently imprisoned in Ethiopia and Abune Petros, the Ethiopian Orthodox Bishop who was executed by the Italian occupation forces on July 29th, 1936.
The festival also includes an arts show, Ethiopian food, sports, and speakers.
- Help us demand justice for Reeyot Alemu (sileshihaggos.wordpress.com)