Kenyan educators perform at UDM

Highlighter & Laureate,
Winter 2002

Group brings awareness of African concerns to campus

This fall, a group on campus, coordinating their efforts with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Catholic Relief Services, started a discussion group, “Africa Rising,” to highlight the humanitarian crises facing Africa and raise awareness of these issues on campus. The meetings are open to faculty, staff, students and interested alumni.

Contact Gail Presbey (313-993-1124), if you are interested in attending or for more information about upcoming meetings.

Presbey, assistant professor of Philosophy, who teaches a course on African thought and culture, says that through the meetings, they hope to “turn our interest in Africa into action on behalf of Africa, to make changes for the better, promoting peace, poverty reduction, and health improvement across the continent.”



The UDM community enjoyed a small glimpse into Kenyan life and culture when the Simba Maasai Cultural Performers came to campus this fall.

The performers entertained an audience of 200 people October 23 on the McNichols Campus with song and dance, and told interesting facts about their community and way of life back in Kenya. The three performers are educators in Kenya. Two are elementary school teachers, and the third, Francis ole Sakuda, is executive director of a non-profit in Kenya called the Simba Maasai Outreach Organization. He has a degree in cultural anthropology and oversees development projects as well as a museum and does programming on cultural education in Kenya.

The performers came to the Outer Drive Campus on November 11 for a repeat performance. Following the performance, they interacted with the audience about the religious beliefs and practices of the Maasai.

Both performances were sponsored by the University Student Speakers Committee, the African American Studies Program and the Archdiocese of Detroit.