Friday, March 10, 2006

Former NBA Player Manute Bol to Join Former Slave

Former NBA Player Manute Bol to Join Former Slave to Kick Off 300-Mile Walk from NY to DC
NEW YORK -- Former Sudanese slave Simon Deng will hold a press conference at UN Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47 St and 1st Ave.) on Wed. Mar 15 at 1 PM, to kick-off his 300-mile march from NY to DC. He will be joined, at the press conference, by former NBA star Manute Bol.
The purpose of the walk is to highlight the ongoing genocide and slavery in Sudan. Bol, known for his advocacy on behalf of Sudan, is the second tallest player to appear in the NBA and holds the all-time NBA record for the most blocked shots per minute. Mr. Deng, a native of Southern Sudan, was captured at the age of nine and sold to an Arab family in Northern Sudan, which enslaved him for three and a half years until he was able to escape.
The walk will end in Washington on April 5, with a rally in front of the Capitol. It will span five states, and will have stops in nineteen cities -- including Philadelphia and Baltimore. Details of the walk can be found at www.sudanfreedomwalk.org.
For interviews and press inquiries contact:

Local media: Maria Sliwa, Freedom Now Communications,
sliwanews@aol.com
National media: Meryl Zegarek, MZ Public Relations, Inc. 917-403-3601, mz@mzpr.com