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Ali Velshi — Small Acts of Courage: A Legacy of Endurance and the Fight for Democracy - with Yamiche Alcindor — at The Wharf

Location 610 Water St SW Washington, DC 20024
Date Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Link https://www.politics-prose.com/ali-velshi
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Ali Velshi's "Small Acts of Courage" is a powerful and poignant exploration of the enduring legacy of activism and the fight for democracy, drawing from his own family's remarkable history spanning over a century. Through vivid storytelling and rich detail, Velshi takes readers on a journey that spans continents and generations, tracing the courageous actions of ordinary individuals who made extraordinary sacrifices in pursuit of social justice and equality. From his great-grandfather's decision to send his young son to Gandhi's ashram in South Africa, to his family's harrowing escape from apartheid and eventual immigration to Canada and the United States, Velshi weaves a tapestry of personal narratives that underscore the enduring power of idealism and the transformative impact of small acts of courage. This heartfelt exploration serves as an urgent call to action, reminding us that progress is only possible when we collectively commit to making a difference, no matter how daunting the challenges may seem. Attendees of this event will have the rare opportunity to hear directly from Velshi, an award-winning journalist and host of MSNBC's "Velshi," as he shares his family's inspiring story and advocates for a renewed commitment to the principles of pluralistic democracy. With his wealth of experience covering pivotal events around the globe, from the Syrian refugee crisis to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Velshi brings a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the ongoing struggles for freedom and human rights. Moreover, Velshi will be joined in conversation by Yamiche Alcindor, the esteemed Washington Correspondent for NBC News, whose own work at the intersection of race, culture, and politics promises to enrich the discussion. This dynamic pairing of two accomplished journalists and storytellers ensures an engaging and thought-provoking evening that will leave audiences inspired and empowered to embrace the ideals of social justice and activism in their own lives.

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