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Citadel News Service
16 Aug 2005

Inspiration for "Hotel Rwanda" coming to The Citadel

Paul Rusesabagina, the real life inspiration for the motion picture “Hotel Rwanda,” will visit The Citadel in September.

Arrive Early

Guests are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to find parking and seats since this event is expected to be well attended.

Rusesabagina’s visit is sponsored by The Citadel’s African American Studies program and is paid for with a grant from the Jessie Ball
duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. He is scheduled to speak at at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 630 p.m. to find parking, which is limited on campus.

The address is free and open to the public along with Citadel cadets, graduate students, faculty and staff.

Actor Don Cheadle portrays Rusesabagin’s story of heroism in the face of great adversity during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Rusesabagina is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes people targeted for massacre by government extremists. Over the course of 100 days, almost one million people were killed in Rwanda. As manager of a luxury Rwandan hotel, Rusesabagina used his connections with influential officials to shelter his family and many others from massacre.

Rusesabagina left the Diplomate Hotel in September 1996 and went to Belgium as a refugee. Since then he has worked as a businessman and owns a transport company. He is also involved in charitable organizations aiding survivors of the Rwandan tragedy and has set up the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation to help the relief effort.

“We are honored to have Paul Rusesabagina share his story with us,” said Marcus Cox, founding director of The Citadel African American Studies program. “His story is one of great courage, perseverance and compassion. He is an inspiration to people from all walks of life all over the world. We hope the Charleston community will agree when they hear him speak.”

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