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Lessons From the Film 'Amazing Grace'

Presented by the Secretary's Open Forum

[Read the transcript from Dr. Belmonte's presentation]

WHAT:  A Program Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. : Kevin Belmonte speaks on "Lessons From the Film Amazing Grace," based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce who, as a Member of Parliament, navigated the world of 18th century backroom politics to end the slave trade in the British Empire. Exclusive clips from the film Amazing Grace will be shown.

Also, Paula Goode, Acting Director of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to Secretary Condoleezza Rice on human trafficking will provide remarks. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Litany will be read, and the T-Tones Choir will sing "Amazing Grace."


photo of Kevin Belmonte, Open Forum speakerWHO: Kevin Belmonte is the lead historical consultant for the film Amazing Grace and a visiting author at Gordon College. He has appeared on C-SPAN’s Book TV and has been profiled in the Boston Globe. In March 2006, he lectured on William Wilberforce at the House of Parliament in London. The occasion was the launch of his latest book Travel with William Wilberforce: The Friend of Humanity (Day One Publications). His other books include 365 Days With Wilberforce: Daily Readings From the Writings of William Wilberforce; and a new revised paperback edition of his award-winning full-length Wilberforce biography, William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity (Zondervan/HarperCollins).

The T-Tones is the musical group of the T family’s bureaus and friends. It is a carry-over of a tradition born in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) in the mid-1990s when a group of employees gathered together to sing for various ACDA holiday celebrations. This tradition carried over when ACDA joined State under the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T). In a display of inter-State harmony, the T-Tones expanded in 2003 to include friends of the T family, and now includes civil and foreign service personnel -- both active and retired -- from bureaus throughout the Department. The T-Tones typically performs at holiday and retirement parties, and is perhaps best known for its parodies of holiday carols. Ms. Kathryn Schultz is the director of the T-Tones.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WHERE: Loy Henderson Auditorium, U.S. Department of State, Harry S Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC

Co-sponsored by S/EEOCR and the Thursday Lunch Group


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