Her presentation, “Coming Full Circle: From Africa to America and Back Again,” shared the cultural differences and lifestyles between the United States and Africa. Billups shared videos that showed the need in Africa for sustainable access to clean water, food, healthcare and education.
Billups’ non-profit organization, Noté Karacel (Unite Together), addresses those needs. Her non-profit organization pursues to “reduce poverty, empower women, postpone marriage and reduce disparity between men and women,” Billups said.
The presentation was a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.
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