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Paul Rusesabagina, the hero portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie "Hotel Rwanda," will deliver Old Dominion University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture Thursday, Jan. 12.

Free and open to the public, the talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

Rusesabagina's visit will be preceded by a screening of "Hotel Rwanda" at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the MGB Auditorium. The movie is free and open to ODU faculty, staff and students.

Rusesabagina, a Hutu manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, saved the lives of more than 1,200 people - including his own Tutsi wife and children - by sheltering them during the 1994 massacre of more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over a 100-day period.

His courage was chronicled in the 2004 acclaimed film "Hotel Rwanda," starring Don Cheadle. Rusesabagina served as special consultant for the film's production. He also is involved in charitable organizations aiding survivors of the Rwandan tragedy and has set up the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation to assist relief efforts.

For more information about the lecture call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: November 22, 2005

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