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Life Then and Now

Life Then and Now

(p.234) 15 Life Then and Now
Black Panther in Exile
Paul J. Magnarella
University Press of Florida

Paul Magnarella describes his first meeting with the O’Neals and summarizes their experiences and accomplishments in Tanzania and abroad. Through the UAACC the O’Neals have organized free workshops and classes on health and nutrition, conservation, AIDS education, writing, art appreciation, crafts, history, and computer skills to well over 100 Tanzanian youths annually. They established a student-exchange program with De LaSalle Academy in Kansas City, a Sister City relationship between Arusha and Kansas City, as well as linkages with several study-abroad programs in the U.S. Their supporters have donated needed medical supplies and equipment to Arusha hospitals. The UAACC and the Kuji Foundation, created by Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, hired a South African company to drill a deep well for the village community. Geronimo’s Fugi Foundation also donated an ambulance truck to the UAACC. With support from the Fugi Foundation, the Center trained several young, mixed-gender Tanzanian teams to install solar panels in 85 village homes that had no electricity. Charlotte O’Neal has become a recognized visual and spoken-word artist, musician, and filmmaker. She travels the world giving performances and spreading the news of the UAACC. Both she and Pete O’Neal have received many awards and recognitions for their communal work.

Keywords:   Paul Magnarella, Pete O’Neal, Charlotte O’Neal, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Fugi Foundation, UAACC, De LaSalle Academy

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