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“One Person Can Make a Difference”: Getrude Matshe, Author and Activist, to Speak at Cambridge College

Cambridge College is proud to announce that Getrude Matshe, author, activist and founder of the Africa Alive Foundation, will speak at the College on Tuesday, February 28 as part of the College’s celebration of National Black History Month. The event will be held at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue and will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ms. Matshe’s presentation at 7:00 pm. Ms. Matshe’s talk is presented in partnership with the AIDS Action Committee, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Foundation, and The Possible Project; with speaker accommodations provided by the Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square.

The talk will focus on the theme “one person can create change” through dedication to problem solving and ethical business practices.

“Business history is filled with stories of staffers, sales reps, mid‐level managers and even factory workers who created change inside their companies,” said Matshe. “These individuals solved problems, created opportunities and inspired entire industries.”

Ms. Matshe is an acclaimed international speaker and founder of several organizations including the Africa Alive Foundation, which supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. Her book, Born on the Continent – Ubuntu, details a story that began with Matshe’s guest lecture at Cambridge College in 2008, where she inspired a student named Alexandra Vanegas to begin collecting books for a small library in Zimbabwe in great need of repair and replenishment.

“Her lecture was amazing, and I felt personally moved and inspired by her journey,” said Ms. Vanegas, who collaborated with Cambridge College professor Barbara Kofske Reid and fellow student Jessie Bartlett to begin collecting over 500 books for the library under a project entitled “Africa 500.”

“We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Ms. Matshe back to the Cambridge College campus, and to her reunion with Professor Kofske Reid and Ms. Vanegas,” said Joy King, director of Alumni Affairs, “This type of dedicated activity is a perfect demonstration of the College’s commitment to underserved populations, wherever they may be.”

The event is free and open to the public. Cambridge College is located at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, between Harvard and Central Squares.

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