Pray the Devil Back to HellOctober 18, 2011
Earlier this month, three women were announced as the winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. One of those individuals, Leymah Gbowee, spoke at Eastern Mennonite University over the weekend. Gbowee received her M.A. in Conflict Transformation from EMU. On Friday night, I attended a screening of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," which features Gbowee and her movement's work to bring peace to Liberia through non-violent means. After the inspiring film, Gbowee spoke (the photo is one I took of her speaking). It was exciting to hear her and see the large crowd who gathered for the event. Tonight, PBS is airing the film as the second of its "Women, War and Peace" series. I highly recommend you watch the program that highlights the Christian women's peace movement Gbowee led (and their partnering with Muslim women) to help drive dictator Charles Taylor out of power. Another of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners--Ellen Johnson Sirleaf--also appears in the film.