African and American Musicians Come Together to Rock for Human Rights

African and American Musicians Come Together to Rock for Human Rights
Wil Seabrook


9/11/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University will host the Rock for Human Rights tour at Ashland University’s Redwood Hall on Friday, Sept. 26. The performance will start at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

According to Ginny Telego, assistant director of Ashland Center for Nonviolence at AU, the 2014 national Rock for Human Rights music tour is traveling to colleges and other venues around the U.S.

“The tour is engaging audiences with the message of human rights through compelling live performances from Wil Seabrook, who is a former Warner Brothers recording artist in the vein of bands like U2 and Coldplay, and Alexio Kawara, Zimbabwe’s No. 1 popular music artist,” Telego said. “The awareness-raising performances also will feature a discussion of how individuals can best incorporate human rights into their daily lives and their decision-making process.”

After the human rights atrocities of World War II, the world’s nations came together under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt to draft the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For the first time, the international community had a formalized agreement on the basic rights to which every human being is entitled regardless of age, gender, race or location.

Yet, more than 60 years beyond the passing of this historic document, human rights abuses remain a stark and unfortunate reality around the world. Most people do not have an understanding of their basic human rights, and fewer still have even heard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first step toward making human rights a reality is raising awareness that these rights and agreements actually exist.

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence, located on the AU campus, seeks a world in which human conflict at all levels can be resolved without resorting to violence and in which social justice can be realized. For more information about ACN events, or to learn more about the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, please call 419-289-5313 or visit the website at  To be added to the ACN e-mail list, e-mail your request to

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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