Every fall and spring (and even sometimes in the summer) Invisible Children sends dozens of determined and dirty youth in vans across the country to tell a story. Sometimes it is an inspiring story about resilience and sometimes it is an progressive story of advocacy. This spring, the Legacy Tour will be completely different from anything they have done before. Why? Because instead of four American kids, one or two of which had been to Uganda, showing me a film about Ugandans, each team will be bringing a person featured in the film. 2 Americans and 8 Ugandans are getting ready to join the ranks of the roadies and go out on the road.
My representatives in the San Diego office, the Mountain West Team, will be hitting the road soon. With them is a young man named Tony. Tony has been a part of the Invisible Children movement since 2003, when they met him on their first trip to Uganda and made Rough Cut. I am so, so excited to meet him. In 2003, Tony was a night-commuter, walking long distances to find a safe place to sleep in the big cities. He and a handful of boys slipped away from the crowded bus park and slept in an abandoned hall under a hospital. Since night-commuting has gone down in the passed three years or so, it’ll be interesting to see how he has changed. So, so stoked!