The Bronx Institute at Lehman College

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To help parents and students explore the value of education from the perspective of successful, but typical people and/or organizations from different walks of life, Family Nights always integrate issues of high interest with the need to build college awareness.

     Event: Meet the Author

Ishmael Beah, the Author of
“A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”

The Bronx Institute GEAR UP “Meet the Author” Special Event was organized in collaboration with the New York Public Library. An evening with Ishmael Beah, the author of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” was offered to the students and their families at Lehman College. This provocative book was well received by the students and their families.

Ishmael Beah: Former child soldier, human rights activist and bestselling author of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. Mr. Beah has spoken on numerous occasions on behalf of UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, United Nations Secretary General’s Office for Children and Armed Conflict, at the United Nations General Assembly, serving on a UN panel with Secretary General Kofi Annan and discussing the issue with dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. Ishmael Beah is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Committee.

Mr. Beah, encouraged student participation and answered questions about his book. After the presentation, Mr. Beah used part of his time to autograph a copy of the book provided to each student by The Bronx Institute.


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Updated: May 14, 2012