Columbia Student is First Black Speaker at China’s Women’s Conference

Damarea Ogbuewu

Damarea Ogbuewu, a former student of Dutch Fork High School, is the First African-American to Speak at China's Women's Conference

A Columbia Student has been named the first Black speaker of China's Women's Conference in Beijing, China.

Damarea Ogbuewu, now 16, joined China's Artist Association in December of last year, 2021, before being selected as the first American and first African-American to speak at China's Women's Conference.

Ogbuewu will perform her poem 'A Hallow Choice' relating to the anti-abortion laws, specifically throughout China and as a point for women's rights to be separate from religion.

Ogbuewu saw herself writing short stories, poems, and learning new languages every summer in her free time. Now a fluent speaker in two languages (English and Swahili), she's taking such skills to speak as a young women herself, living in today's society'.

The event takes place on May 8, 2022.

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