Edmon Marukyan wins National Assembly Election in Armenia

Congratulations to Edmon Marukyan (Armenia, 2009-10) on his victory in the National Assembly Election in Armenia.  Edmon’s victory is being hailed as a “bright spot” in the parliamentary election (http://www.lragir.am/engsrc/country-lrahos26100.html).


Celebrating Black History Month in Mutare, Zimbabwe – Masango Matimura

Masango Matimura (Zimbabwe, 2010-11) has been working with the Zimbabwe-United States Alumni Association since his return to Zimbabwe.  

You can read Masango’s description of his work below, and see pictures from his presentation, “Making History Non-violently: Lessons from the Black History”:

Since I returned toZimbabwe, July 2011, I joined ZUSAA and in November 2011 a Mutare (my city of residence) ZUSAA chapter. This year ZUSAA Mutare Chapter has had two major activities so far namely commemmorating the Black History month (February) and the Official Opening of the American Corner by the US Ambassador to Zim, Charles Ray.

I had the privilege of making a presentation that I entitled: “Making History Nonviolently: Lessons from the Black History”. The focus of the talk was the role that Rosa Parks played nonviolently igniting the civil rights movement in the US, a movement that made Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, very famous. ZUSAA members in Mutare including some students and professors from Africa University a few miles away from Mutare city formed part of the audience that day (Feb 2nd, 2012). Some of the lessons learned from Black History included perseverance, education, commitment to nonviolence and ability to recognize opportunities no matter how small they might be.

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