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David Kato was a gay rights activist in Uganda who was brutally murdered at his home near Kampala on January 26, 2011.
He had applied to the Oak Fellowship for the fall 2011 semester.
In early April 2011, the Oak Institute, the Bridge (Colby’s LGBT alliance) and the President’s Office co-sponsored a week-long event paying tribute to David Kato and his invaluable contributions to LGBT rights in Uganda. An exhibit was placed in Cotter Union, Colby’s student center, to memorialize David and introduce students to the extreme danger faced by LGBT Ugandans on a daily basis.
On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Val Kalende, a Ugandan lesbian rights activists and close friend of David, visited Colby and delivered an eye-opening lecture on David’s life, her country’s LGBT movement, and the important role activists play in propelling Uganda toward change.