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
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.