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I will unfortunately not be able to attend the Thomas Sankara Conference, to be held this Saturday in Columbia Heights (Sankara family members to be present).  I attended a MLK Conference several months back convened by many of the same organizers.  It had quite a different vibe from the staid gatherings convened by places like the Brookings Institution and the Wilson Center.  I certainly wish that more individuals amongst these disparate crowds would mingle.

I’ve frequently railed against Sankara’s successor as Burkina Faso’s head of state and I’m very uncomfortable with the leadership role that the government of Blaise Compaore has been granted in the region, so am very sorry to miss this conference that commemorates one of Africa’s more intriguing and inspiring leaders.