Born: September 2, 1975
Died: February 4, 1999
Hometown: Bronx, NY by way of Liberia, West Africa
From Kadiatou Diallo (Mother): I always find tremendous pleasure in sharing Amadou with the world! Amadou Diallo had a very gentle spirit—generous, full of life, and with a sense of humour and wisdom that was way above his years. He enjoyed reading and eating, he thought of himself as a "connoisseur" of good food. Amadou was a global citizen—I guess that was from being exposed to so many different cultures and people at an early age. Born in Liberia, West Africa on September 2, 1975, Amadou completed his primary education in Togo where the family migrated to when he was 7; and his secondary education in both Thailand and Singapore. By the time Amadou completed high school, he was fluent in five languages including French, Thai, English and Spanish.
Amadou emigrated to the US, in September of 1996, immediately after his 21st birthday and began working hard to save up to pursue a degree in Computer Science. The last time I spoke with my son, Amadou let me know that he had earned and saved up enough money for college, $9000, and was ready to enroll. Amadou was killed 3 days later on February 4th 1999 by four white NYPD officers—the officers fired 41 shots at him . Our lives were forever changed!
In cementing Amadou's dream and legacy, I founded The Amadou Diallo Foundation to give young people, especially of African descent, the opportunity to obtain a college education and realize their purpose, an opportunity that Amadou was denied. The mission of the Amadou Diallo Foundation is to advocate for racial equity and promote educational opportunities, especially for people of African descent. Our goal is to empower young people as future leaders and change agents in promoting social and racial equity.
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