Darfur survivor Daud Hari will be Johnson C. Smith University’s 142nd commencement speaker on Sunday, May 3, the school announced today.

After escaping an attack on his village, Hari entered a refugee camps in Chad and began working as a translator for major news organizations, including The New York Times, NBC, and the BBC, as well as for the United Nations and other aid groups.

He now lives in the United States and was part of SaveDarfur.org’s Voices from Darfur tour. He is the author of the acclaimed book, “The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur.” The book, which chronicles the power of the human spirit, will be given to each graduate.

More than 200 JCSU seniors are expected to receive degrees on the Eddie McGuirt Memorial Football Field. The 10 a.m. event is free to the public.

Parking information can be found on the university’s Web site at www.jcsu.edu.

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