Legendary comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory will join vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue, poet/ activist Amiri Baraka and more at Eternal Voices, a fundraising event, hosted by the Students of Howard University Global Relief Fund, to help alleviate starvation in Somalia. The event will take place in Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. 

The evening is a powerful showcase of voices and artistic talents of the African diaspora, including music, poetry and art. Other featured performers include spoken word and dance artist Anna Mwalagho, Group Without a Name (GWN), concert pianist and Howard alumna Dana Morgan and various surprise guests.

The event will raise money and awareness to help 12 million people in the East African region who are at risk of starvation. This is due to the area experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, a decline in crop production, increases in food prices and political instability, which have led to dire famine conditions in the southern region of Somalia.

“In 2010, we raised $15,000 for the relief of Haiti. It is our hope that we exceed our fundraising goal for Somalia,” said Victoria Fortune, coordinator of Eternal Voices and founder of the Global Relief Fund. “The ultimate goal is to raise awareness and to take a hard look at the issues that are facing the African diaspora.”

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Cramton Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional ticket information, call (202) 806-7194.  Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization CARE International.

Eternal Voices is sponsored by Howard University Division of Student Affairs and Cramton Auditorium.