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NYSE Celebrates Black History Month

02/12/2009

International Hip Hop Sensation, Author, Documentarian and Activist Emmanuel Jal visits the NYSE in celebration of Black History Month.  In honor of the occasion, International Hip Hop Sensation, Author, Documentarian and Activist Emmanuel Jal rings The Closing Bell®.


 
 

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ABOUT EMMANUEL JAL:
Emmanuel Jal has won worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his experiences as a child soldier in Sudan. His music can be heard alongside Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Radiohead on the fundraising ‘Warchild - Help a Day in the Life’ album, as well as in three episodes of NBC’s hit television show, “ER,” the National Geographic documentary “God Grew Tired of Us,” and most recently in the feature film “Blood Diamond,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Emmanuel is also featured on John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur’ amongst the likes of U2, REM and Lenny Kravitz.

Emmanuel Jal was born in war-torn Sudan, and while he doesn’t know exactly when, he believes it was in the early 1980s. He was taken from his family home in 1987 when he was six or seven years old, and sent to fight with the rebel army in Sudan’s bloody civil war. For nearly five years, he was a “child warrior,” put into battle carrying an AK-47 that was taller than he was. For more information on Emmanuel Jal, please visit: http://www.emmanueljal.org/projects.