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DIALLO SPEAKS AT UK
ON SON'S DEATH, RACIAL PROFILING

By Selena Stevens

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"The Legacy of Amadou Diallo" will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Memorial Hall.  It is free and open to the public.

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March 21, 2001 – (Lexington, Ky.) – Just over two years ago, Amadou Diallo was killed by 41 bullets fired by the guns of four New Your City police officers. On April 5, his mother, Kadiatou Diallo, will share with the University of Kentucky community her feelings on the loss of her son and her views on racial profiling and police brutality.

The event, “The Legacy of Amadou Diallo,” presented by the UK Student Activities Board Multicultural Affairs Committee, will begin at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. It is free and open to the public.

In February 1999, Amadou was killed in the vestibule of his New York City apartment building in a shower of 41 bullets fired from the guns of four police officers. The officers mistook the 23-year-old African for a rapist they were pursuing. The officers claimed they opened fire believing Amadou was reaching for a gun. However, Amadou turned out to be unarmed and only carrying a pager and wallet.

In her presentation, Kadiatou humanizes racial profiling and police brutality. She manifests the love for her son as she struggles to deal with her loss and seeks justice for his untimely death. She is a poised and eloquent speaker with a moving and poignantly delivered message.

“I would hope that Amadou’s death will bring people together so they cannot judge somebody by the color of their skin. I still believe in this country, and I do not want my son’s dream to be just a dream,” she said.

“Diallo’s presentation has the power to enable the audience to grasp a deeper understanding of the dynamics of racial profiling. This is a message that needs to be heard by all, regardless of race,” said Ericka Harney of the Student Activities Board.

For more information, contact Shonta Phillips, Jennifer Mueller or Chris Rogers in the UK Student Activities Office at (859) 257-8867.


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