December 13, 2007 — Vol. 43, No. 18
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A life-changing trip
for Hub dance troupe

Talia Whyte

When Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga first started planning to bring members of her Roxbury-based youth dance organization OrigiNation to South Africa, her goal was simply to give her students the opportunity to perform in another country.

Little did she know that the 10-day trip would be a soul-searching, life-changing experience for her and her 17 young charges.

Last year Dibinga, OrigiNation’s executive director, came up with the idea of bringing her students to South Africa. She contacted her brother, who lived there at the time, to help arrange the trip because she thought it would be great to expose her students to the country’s rich culture and history.
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Rare picture of abolitionist John Brown sells for $97,750

Terry Kinney

CINCINNATI — A rare daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown was bought by an unidentified bidder by telephone for $97,750 last Friday, auctioneer Wes Cowan said.

The buyer declined to be identified or to talk about the purchase, Cowan said.

Experts say probably no more than a half dozen original daguerreotypes exist of the man best known for his ill-fated raid on a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Va.

Brown was born in 1800 in Connecticut, lived in Ohio for a time and was a free-state activist in Kansas before the October 1859 raid that he hoped would inspire an anti-slavery rebellion. Full story

Denzel’s ‘Debaters’ to debut at Harvard

Dan Devine

At a time when much of the talk surrounding African American students focuses on achievement gaps and flagging test scores, Harvard University is teaming up with Hollywood icon Denzel Washington to give Greater Boston a reason to celebrate the academic brilliance of a group of phenomenal achievers whose tale, until now, has been largely overlooked.
The university will roll out the red carpet next Tuesday to host an exclusive black-tie premiere of Washington’s new film, “The Great Debaters,” at its Cambridge campus, The Harvard Foundation announced last week. The Dec. 18 event comes one week in advance of the film’s official release on Christmas Day. Full story

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