Written by Staff
By Will Jukes
Dallas, TX- On April 6th, SMU students and faculty partnered to put on Barefoot on the Boulevard, a festival of music and environmental advocacy. Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese rapper, humanitarian advocate and former child soldier blended the program's environmental theme with his own message of peace.
Jal was born in South Sudan, now an independent nation but then part of greater Sudan, in 1980. When the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out he tried to escape to Ethiopia but was recruited by the Sudan People's Liberation Army. He was 7 at the time. Later he managed to escape to Waat, a village that was home to many SPLA deserters and Emma McCune, a British aid worker who he says helped turn his life around. He has since gone on to become an internationally renowned hip hop artist and the founder of We Want Peace, a campaign to persuade people that world peace is a realistic possibility.
The event also featured tables from several local environmental organizations, including Texas Campaign for the Environment and Groundwork Dallas, an initiative to improve Dallas park land and bring on-site environmental education to local schools. All proceeds from the event went to TCE.
Read the whole story in the April 13 edition of The Rambler.