Dr. Thomas Walsh addresses the audience at the General Assembly program while Professor Diagne looks on.
UPF International Chair Dr. Thomas G. Walsh addresses a special gathering at the UN General Assembly.
Cheikh Mame Mor Mbacke speaks at the General Assembly on the occasion of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Day.
Cheikh Mame Mor Mbacke (center) and other dignitaries at the speakers’ table in the UN General Assembly Hall
The image of Serigne Cheikh Mame Mor Mbacke, the spiritual leader of the Mouride Community in Senegal, is projected onto a screen.
Senegalese philosopher Dr. Souleymane Bachir Diagne, a professor at Columbia University
Cheikh Mame Mor Mbacke (center) with UPF leaders and Senegalese dignitaries
Cheikh Mbacke (right) meets with Dr. Thomas Walsh; Lynn Walsh, director of the UPF Office of Marriage and Family Education; and Kathy Rigney, the regional chair of UPF-Africa.
A conversation between Cheikh Mbacke (fifth from left), UPF leaders and Senegalese dignitaries

New York, United States—UPF International Chair Dr. Thomas G. Walsh addressed a special program at the UN General Assembly in honor of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Day.

The Mission of Senegal officially celebrated the 29th Annual Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Day at the General Assembly Hall on July 28, 2017. The highlight of the evening program was the keynote speech of Serigne Cheikh Mame Mor Mbacke, the spiritual leader of the Mouride Brotherhood in Senegal, who was on a nationwide speaking tour of the United States.

Cheikh Mbacke emphasized the essence of the life and teachings and legacy of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, the founder of the Mouride Brotherhood. Cheikh Mbacke stressed the message of nonviolence, giving all power only to Allah and surrendering one’s will and actions to the Divine. Both oppression and peace are learned through education and not through force, he said. Education achieves what violence never can achieve.

Kathy Rigney, the regional chair of UPF-Africa, accompanied Cheikh Mbacke to New York.

In his address Dr. Walsh encouraged the followers of the Mouride Brotherhood in their work for the sake of peace throughout the world.

Read Dr. Walsh's Congratulatory Remarks here: T. Walsh: Address at UN Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Day

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