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Francis Bok Biography

Francis Bok is a 26 year-old native of Southern Sudan. At the age of seven, he was captured and enslaved during an Arab militia raid on the village of Nymlal (outside Aweil) on May 15, 1986. Bok saw adults and children brutalized and killed all around him. He was strapped to a donkey and taken north to Kirio. For ten years, he lived as the family slave to Giema Abdullah, forced to sleep with cattle, endure daily beatings and eat terrible food. Always called "abeed" (black slave), Bok was given an Arabic name - Dut Giema Abdullah - and forced to perform Islamic prayers.

In December of 1996, Bok escaped to the nearby town of Matari, where he was enslaved by local policemen for two months. But an Arab truck driver helped Bok escape and eventually to reach Khartoum, the capital. In Khartoum, Bok was arrested by the security forces and jailed for seven months. After being released, Bok escaped to Cairo. In 1999, the United Nations resettled him in North Dakota. Bok is now an Associate at the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston.

On May 23, 2000, Bok spoke out for the first time at a Capitol Hill ceremony with Senators and Congressmen, sharing his message: "We cannot rest until my people are free." On September 18, 2000, Bok spoke alongside Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Boston Freedom Award ceremony.

On September 28, 2000, Bok became the first escaped slave to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in hearings on Sudan that were broadcast live on C-Span. Later that day, Bok met with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and urged her to take action against slavery. On December 4, 2000, he headlined a panel discussion on slavery at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Bok has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and dozens of other newspapers, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including Black Entertainment Television, FOXNews, and CNN.

On April 28, 2001, Bok launched the website iAbolish.com, of the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group. He has been honored by the Boston Celtics as a "Hero Among Us" for community service, and in December 2001 he carried the Winter Olympic Torch on its national relay tour. Bok's autobiography is entitled Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity - and My Journey to Freedom in America.

Topics

• Ending Modern Day Slavery, One Slave at a Time

• Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity

• Genocide and Slavery in Sudan

• 21st Century Slavery Living Proof

• The Future of Sudan

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Francis Bok?

    Booking fees for Francis Bok, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Francis Bok, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Francis Bok for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Francis Bok for your next private or corporate function.
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Francis Bok Biography

Francis Bok is a 26 year-old native of Southern Sudan. At the age of seven, he was captured and enslaved during an Arab militia raid on the village of Nymlal (outside Aweil) on May 15, 1986. Bok saw adults and children brutalized and killed all around him. He was strapped to a donkey and taken north to Kirio. For ten years, he lived as the family slave to Giema Abdullah, forced to sleep with cattle, endure daily beatings and eat terrible food. Always called "abeed" (black slave), Bok was given an Arabic name - Dut Giema Abdullah - and forced to perform Islamic prayers.

In December of 1996, Bok escaped to the nearby town of Matari, where he was enslaved by local policemen for two months. But an Arab truck driver helped Bok escape and eventually to reach Khartoum, the capital. In Khartoum, Bok was arrested by the security forces and jailed for seven months. After being released, Bok escaped to Cairo. In 1999, the United Nations resettled him in North Dakota. Bok is now an Associate at the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston.

On May 23, 2000, Bok spoke out for the first time at a Capitol Hill ceremony with Senators and Congressmen, sharing his message: "We cannot rest until my people are free." On September 18, 2000, Bok spoke alongside Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Boston Freedom Award ceremony.

On September 28, 2000, Bok became the first escaped slave to testify before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in hearings on Sudan that were broadcast live on C-Span. Later that day, Bok met with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and urged her to take action against slavery. On December 4, 2000, he headlined a panel discussion on slavery at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Bok has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and dozens of other newspapers, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including Black Entertainment Television, FOXNews, and CNN.

On April 28, 2001, Bok launched the website iAbolish.com, of the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group. He has been honored by the Boston Celtics as a "Hero Among Us" for community service, and in December 2001 he carried the Winter Olympic Torch on its national relay tour. Bok's autobiography is entitled Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity - and My Journey to Freedom in America.

Topics

• Ending Modern Day Slavery, One Slave at a Time

• Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity

• Genocide and Slavery in Sudan

• 21st Century Slavery Living Proof

• The Future of Sudan

FAQs on booking Francis Bok

  • How to book Francis Bok?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Francis Bok for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Francis Bok, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Francis Bok or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Francis Bok?

    Booking fees for Francis Bok, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Francis Bok, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Francis Bok?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Francis Bok for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Francis Bok for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Francis Bok or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Francis Bok or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Francis Bok is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Francis Bok for your event is available upon request. Francis Bok generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Chris Mburu, Hamadoun Toure, TMS "Teddy" Ruge, Nigel L. Walker and Kevin Powell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Francis Bok for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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