CLA C5 Graduate, Donnie Smith, Executive Director for Donda's House, goes to Africa

Currently, Donnie is the Executive Director of Donda's House Inc., a nonprofit organization she co-founded with her husband, Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Donda's House provides free access to the arts for youth. The innovative promise of Donda's House is its delivery of elite career-training and industry insights to Chicago's extraordinarily talented but often marginalized young people.

It is by no surprise that with all of Donnie's philanthropic background that she was selected as one of 12 members of a U.S. Delegation to visit Mauritania, West Africa in order to explore the human rights issue of slavery. Slavery was abolished in 1981 in Mauritania, and criminalized in 2007. The delegation was denied entry to Mauritania by the Mauritanian Government and ended up working in Senegal, West Africa to meet the goals of learning more about how the country & its citizens were addressing the challenge of slavery. The Creative Director of Donda's House Rhymefest collaborated with artists who were in exile, with plans to release the music soon to create awareness about the challenges in Mauritania and advance human rights.

For more information about the Abolition Institute visit: stoppingslavery.org and for information on Donda's House visit: dondashouseinc.org.

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