SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Emmy Award-winning journalist, senior correspondent for ABC News and author Jim Wooten will speak at Wittenberg University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. Wooten’s book, We Are All The Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love, helped to raise international awareness of AIDS in Africa.
Wooten’s talk will focus on Nkosi, an African child who was born with AIDS, and Gail, a white South African woman who cared for him as her own son. Nkosi lived longer than any African child born with AIDS, and in July 2000, he addressed the International Conference on AIDS in Durbin, South Africa, at age 11.
Although many students have read Wooten’s book in class, many others have traveled to the Southern Africa Kingdom of Lesotho, where they have witnessed firsthand the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. In all, 86 Wittenberg students have participated in three summer field study programs where they not only attended lectures and completed academic research projects, but they also performed service with Habitat for Humanity, built playgrounds for orphanages and closely interacted with children whose lives have been impacted by AIDS.
Wooten’s visit will kick-off a weekend fundraiser sponsored by the university’s Student Senate titled “Survivor Wittenberg-Lesotho.” The event is free and open to the public.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts