The Catholic University of America



When: Tuesday, November 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Catholic University of America


Whether the Chinese tank man, Rosa Parks or dock workers climbing over a fence in Poland, the world often finds hope and inspiration from unexpected examples.

Manute Bol is such an example. In June Manute Bol passed away, but his death has made more widely known his strategic work and inspiring legacy. With our help, Manute's example can help tip the scales towards peace in Sudan and inspire grassroots reconciliation elsewhere.


Manute Bol, a basketball legend who began his career with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, was, at 7'7", one of the tallest players in NBA history. But Manute's personal loss and humanitarian response were of corresponding giant proportions; Manute lost 250 family members in the 22-year war that cost the lives of 2.4 million Southern Sudanese. As the best known Sudanese in the world, Manute was their voice and did what he could to come to their rescue. When Darfurian Muslims became the victims, Manute was one of the first Southern Sudanese to speak out on their behalf. "Muslims are not our enemies; they are our brothers," Manute would declare. "The problem is the government in Khartoum."

Manute's Dream

Manute had begun an effort to build 41 schools in Sudan that would help Sudanese children, whether Christian or Muslim and of whatever tribe. In response to his bold vision of reconciliation, 200 Darfurian university students have volunteered to help build these schools in Southern Sudan as symbols of reconciliation and cooperation. Manute died before his first school was completed. Sudan is teetering towards possible war across the religious fault line that divides North from South, and Manute's example is exactly what Sudan needs at this time. His dream mustn't die and is needed now more than ever.

On November 9th friends of Manute and those who resonate to his dream are gathering at Catholic University at 5:30 PM to learn more of his example, laugh along with some of his hilarious stories and dream of how we can help build his 41 schools.

Honorary Committee:

  • The Hon. Dr. Akec Khoc Acieu, Ambassador of Sudan
  • Dr. Abdelgabar Adam, President, Darfur Human Rights Organization
  • The Hon. Sam Brownback, US Senator, Kansas
  • MGen. Julian Burns (US Army Ret), Vice President, BAE Systems
  • The Honorable Dr. Ward Casscells, University of Texas
  • Ms. Sarah DuPont, Environmental Activist
  • Mr. Bob Ferry, former NBA player and former General Manager, Washington Bullets/Wizards
  • Ms. Harriet Fulbright, President of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center
  • Mr. Tom Galvin, President and CEO, 463 Communications
  • H. E. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head of Mission, Government of South Sudan Mission to the US
  • The Rt. Rev. David C Jones, President, American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan
  • Mr. William Kruvant, President, Creative Learning
  • Mr. Joe Madison, "The Black Eagle", national SiriusXM radio host
  • Mrs. Faith J. H. McDonnell, Director, Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, The Institute on Religion and Democracy
  • The Hon. Robert C. McFarlane, Chairman, McFarlane Associates Inc.
  • Congressman Jim Moran, D-8th, VA
  • Dr. Sherry Mueller, President, National Council for International Visitors
  • Prof. Andrew S Natsios, former Special Envoy to Sudan
  • The Hon. Donald M. Payne, Chairman, House Sub-Committee on Africa
  • The Hon. Tom Periello, US Representative, VA
  • The Rev. Tom Prichard, Executive Director of Sudan Sunrise
  • Dr. Stephen S. Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Catholic University of America
  • The Hon. Witney Schneidman, Schneidman and Associates, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa
  • Mr. R. Scott Trumbull, CEO of Franklin Electric
  • Mr. Adam Weinberg, President and CEO, World Learning
  • Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Meridian International Center
  • Mr. John Zogby, Chairman, IBOPE Zogby International  


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For additional information about the conference, and about attending the events, please contact the organizers,

Nina Candido
Zogby International
(315) 624-0200 ext. 265