“The Journey of the Lost Boys of Sudan” will be held on Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Theater on CSCC’s campus.
Imagine you’re a young boy — maybe 3 or 4 — separated from your family by civil war and forced to walk over a thousand miles in search of safe refuge with little food or water and no protection from wild animals and enemy soldiers.
To most of us, it is unimaginable, but for “The Lost Boys of Sudan,” it was reality.
Joan Hecht is the award-winning author of “The Journey of the Lost Boys,” as well as founder and president of “Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan,” a 501(c)(3) foundation based in Jacksonville, Fla., and the chair of Education for The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan: The National Network, based in Washington, D.C.
Hecht first met the Lost Boys in 2001, when approximately 3,800 were granted refugee status in the United States, 150 of whom resettled in Jacksonville.
Hecht noticed within them an overwhelming desire to receive an education and in 2004, she established Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan to assist in that goal.
This program series offers unique viewpoints in cultural diversity from the history of the Trail of Tears at Red Clay to the plight of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
The Bridging Cultures program series is free to the public and is made possible by Merck Foundation, in cooperation with the Cleveland State Community College Foundation.
To register for the program series or for more information, visit the website at http://mycs.cc/bridgingcultures.
Participants can register for one event or for all.