A Community Conversation with
Luma Mufleh is the inspirational coach of a soccer team called the Fugees—short for refugees. Players, selected for resettlement in a small town outside Atlanta called Clarkston, are from 28 war-torn countries, and most of them have endured unimaginable hardship. They share the experience of being caught between worlds, and something else—a love of soccer, a game many of the boys learned to play in refugee camps, using a bundle of plastic bags and twine for a ball.
The New York Times bestseller Outcasts United documents the remarkable story of how these players, with Mufleh at the helm, found ways to connect and come together across broad cultural divides and oftentimes strong local resentment. Universal Studios is currently making the story into a major motion picture.
Seating is limited. To RSVP, please visit facinghistory.org/communityconversations or call 303-316-4848 x221. As part of Facing History’s national series of Community Conversations, this event is free and open to the public.
America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa:
This short film explores what it takes to be inclusive, engaged and living in the “New America.” It is the story of a small town of 7,500 people that has gone from being 90% white in the 1980s to less than 14% white today. Located in the shadow of Stone Mountain, once a gathering place for Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, Clarkston today is home to thousands of refugees from Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Bhutan – along with some forty other countries. This is an intimate look at how changing demographics are reshaping the political landscape of America.
This free event includes time for a community discussion following the screening.
Presented by Colorado African Organization, Colorado Providers for Integration Network, Welcoming America, and Welcoming Colorado