John Bul Dau
Thursday, February 19, 2015
One of the storied "Lost Boys of Sudan," John Bul Dau, featured in the award-winning documentary,God Grew Tired of Us, has experienced trials in life that most people never imagine. But now he is living the American Dream.
Born in war-torn South Sudan, Dau is one of 27,000 boys driven from their villages when the northern Arab government attacked the ethnic minority population in 1987. For the next five years, Dau led groups of displaced boys across Sudan for hundreds of miles facing... starvation, disease, and violence. In 2001, he immigrated to the US, but he hasn't forgotten his homeland.
Today, he is President of the John Dau Foundation, and counts among his accomplishments opening the Duk Lost Boys Clinic in his home village, which has been responsible for: more than 9,000 vaccinations for children, more than 3,000 mothers have given birth for the first time ever in a medical facility, more than 110,000 patients have received life-saving medical care since the clinic opened, 600 patients who were blind had their eyesight restored, and over 1,500 malnourished children and elderly served. Dau's work in Jonglei is highlighted in the 2013 documentary film Duk County.
In 2007, Dau co-authored his first book, God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir, which received the National Geographic Emerging Explorers award. His second book is Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan.
Dau is a natural leader who exemplifies true resilience and perseverance under the most horrific of circumstances. Today, Dau is a compelling motivational speaker whose life is defined by his uncompromised commitment to having a lasting impact on the future of his native country.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Soledad O'Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, and producer. O'Brien was the originator of Black in America and Latino in America. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories. Starfish Media Group continues to produce B... lack in America for CNN. O'Brien is a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and a Special Correspondent for Al Jazeera America Tonight.
In 2011 O'Brien won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. In 2013, she won Emmy's for her coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election and her work on "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture." Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She also received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont award.
O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and its follow-up Latino in America are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013 Latino in America 2, the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. In 2013, O'Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O'Brien and her husband Brad created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. In 2013 they awarded scholarships to 25 deserving young women.