Thursday, July 19, 2012

Honorees of the Second Ethiopian Heritage Festival

Archbishop, Journalists to be honored:
  • Ethiopian Free press Journalist for reporting the truth, corruption, and the human rights condition in Ethiopia at great personal sacrifice and risk; and,
  • An Ethiopian Archbishop, Abune Melkesedek, who calls for Ethiopian Muslims and Christians to cooperate and stand shoulder to shoulder to stand against undue religious interference by the government of Ethiopia. The bishop also stood for the rights of women and girls to sing in the choirs of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
These are among those who will be primarily honored, celebrated, and remembered at the upcoming Ethiopian Heritage Second annual Festival to be held from Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Ethiopian Christians Urge Solidarity with Ethiopian Muslims
This follows an announcement from The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Exile which has justETHIOPIAN HERITAGE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA successfully concluded its 33rd regular conference. The announcement, read by Abun Melkesedek, condemned the killing of Muslim brothers and sisters in Ethiopia and called upon all Orthodox believers to join their fellow Muslims in their protest against the unlawful intervention of the TPLF/EPRDF in their religious norms.
Abune Melkesedek for his invaluable life-long services, and ongoing leadership to unite Muslim and Christian Ethiopians against religious, social and political injustice
Convicted-In-Exile Abebe Gellaw to represent the Honor of Imprisoned Journalists
Abebe Gellaw of the U.S.-based Addis Voice and ESAT, was recently convicted in exile for his use of public/social media to point out corruption in the present regime of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. He will be on hand at the Ethiopian Heritage Festival to receive honor on behalf of his jailed colleagues. Eskinder Nega, Reyot Alemu, including Swedish Journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson and other, who are currently languishing in prisons on tramped up charges, for exposing government corruption and gross human rights violation.
Ethiopian Heritage Festival to be an Interesting Event
Along with the ceremonial honorees, the Ethiopian Heritage Festival will offer venues for members of the Ethiopian Diaspora Community and their American neighbors to learn about and celebrate the Ethiopian experience. These include art, crafts, and jewelry exhibitions. Plenty of delicious Ethiopian cuisine, traditional music and dancing, soccer and running sports, and plenty of activities for the youngsters will keep everybody interested. Main days of the Ethiopian Heritage Festival: Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, 2012, on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The Archbishop and the Emperor
Some years ago, Abune Melkesedek approached the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and pleaded for the right of girls and women to sing in the choirs of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The bishop had to appeal to the emperor, because the emperor was the head of that church. After argument and persuasion, the emperor bowed to the bishop’s wishes and today females are adequately represented in the choirs of the church. This is only a taste of the culture, history, and heritage that will be available at the Second Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival.
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