COLUMBUS, GA - A New York Times reporter who wrote the 2011 “common reading” for Columbus State University freshmen — a book about how a woman organized refugee boys living in Georgia into a successful soccer team — will speak at Columbus State October 20.
Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United, will speak at 12:30 p.m. that Thursday in University Hall auditorium. His 2009 book recounts stories of children from several war-torn countries and the woman who seeks to make a difference in their lives. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The children, ages 9-17, were relocated to Clarkston, 13 miles east of Atlanta, in the 1990s, finding themselves culturally and socially isolated in their new hometown. That’s when Luma Mufleh stepped in, eventually becoming coach of the team she organized, the Fugees.