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Former Haitian child slave to speak April 12

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 8:30 am

Professional drummer and former Haitian child slave Bill Nathan will speak at noon April 12 at the University of Saint Francis, outside the Pope John Paul II Center, 2701 Spring St.

He will perform and tell his story of becoming a musician after falling into slavery as an orphaned child. The presentation is free and open to the public.

According to a news release from the university, the story of his life of abuse as a restavek (slave child) at age 7 after the death of his mother has been chronicled in the book, “A Crime so Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern Day Slavery.” At age 11, his mistreatment drew the attention of Sister Caroline in the city of Hinche, and he was sent to St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au-Prince, where he was educated and became a leader. He now directs the home and another home to 16 former street children.

Nathan will visit classrooms throughout the afternoon, and will be a featured musician for the fourth annual Formula for Life, a 5k walk-run and silent auction taking place at USF at 1 p.m. April 15 at Hutzell Athletic Center, and will raise funds to provide food for a Haitian orphanage for the next year.