Former Ghanaian Child Slave to Speak in Madison

James Kofi Annan, enslaved in the fishing industry in Ghana from age 6 to 12, will speak in Madison on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm. The event will take place at 

Friends House

1704 Roberts Court (behind the Monroe Street Associated Bank) Google Map  

Madison, WI 53711

Mr. Kofi Annan, no relation to the former UN Secretary General, has a remarkable life story. Enslaved and abused in the dangerous fishing industry for six years, he freed and educated himself -- only learning to read and write at age 13 -- and now devotes his life to an organization he founded called Challenging Heights. Challenging Heights seeks not only to rescue, restore and educate child slaves, but to prevent further enslavement through education around the issue.   His work was honored by Free the Slaves at their 2008 Freedom Awards and by Grinnell College in the fall of 2011.  

Mr. Kofi Annan is in Madison through the Hovde Foundation, which supports his work. This presentation is coordinated by Slave Free Madison.  For further information, Contact SlaveFree Madsion