(Los Angeles, CA - March 26, 2004) It was the most star-studded night in recent memory at the Museum of Tolerance. Patrick Swayze, James Woods, CCH Pounder, Billy Dee Williams, Lorraine Trouissant, Howard Hesseman, Clarence Williams III, James Sheffield, Olympian Carl Lewis, and World Surfing champion Sean Thompson topped the list of attendees at a special celebration of apartheid's elimination, one decade ago.
The SRO crowd shared a love of humanity, an awareness of the positive growth in Southern Africa since apartheid's demise, and a love of breathtaking photographic images of its residents (depicted in Gordon Clark's amazing coffee table book, Transitions Southern Africa). Over 400 people packed the MOT to experience positive reflection on South Africa, hear rare performances from the finest young singers of the region (including 15-year old sensation Alexis and the Children of Uganda), experience a visual tour of Clark's photos, and hear inspirational remarks from South Africa's Consul General Dr. Glaudine Mtshali.
Transitions Southern Africa is available at all Barnes & Nobles stores, at www.amazon.com and at www.bn.com. Kudos to sponsors SOS Rhino, GO Entertainment and Trio Films; proceeds from the evening are being donated to Acres of Love, a non-profit organization that provides homes for abandoned and AIDS babies in Johannesburg, South Africa. (To get more info, or find out how you can help, visit the Acres of Love website or call 949 798-6270.)
Dr. Don Rose
Entertainment and Technology Writer
Publisher & Editor In Chief, The Rose Review
Writer/Reporter, Radio Parallax, KDVS FM