Congo Week 2024

Congo Week Themes

Congo Week Thematic Schedule:

Sunday: Prayer/Vigil

Theme: Interfaith Prayer for peace in the Congo

Action: Host an event to call for peace in the Congo in all faiths

Click here to download the Congo Week Christian Liturgy (PDF)


Monday: Leopold II

Theme: Congo’s History

Action: Visit our history timeline to learn more about Congo’s history

Proposed Film: Congo: White King, Red Rubber Black Death 

Recommended Readings:

Congo: From Leopold to Kabila, A People's History by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

King Leopold's Soliloquy by Mark Twain

Red Rubber by E. D. Morel

The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State by Crawford Young and Thomas Turner

Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck

Click here for expanded reading list!

Tuesday: Lumumba

Theme: The Ideas and Teachings of Patrice Lumumba

Action: Participate in Lumumba Day (January 17th annually) and secure a Lumumba Day resolution in your community.

Proposed Film: Lumumba by Raoul Peck

Recommended Readings: 

Lumumba: Freedom Fighter, A graphic novel by Bibiane Aningina Tshefu. Click here to pre-order the book.

Patrice Lumumba
by Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961
Edited by Jean Van Lierde

White Malice by Susan Williams

Rise and Fall of Patrice Lumumba by Thomas Kanza

The Assassination of Lumumba by Ludo DeWitte

American Foreign Policy in the Congo, 1960-1964 By Stephen R. Weissman

"Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), 1964-1968, Volume XXII, Congo, 1960-1968." U.S. State Department

Click here to find out more about Lumumba!


Wednesday: Natural Resource Exploitation in the Congo

Theme: Congo’s Connection to Modern technology

Action: Use cell phones as a tool for activism. Click here to participate in the Cell Out!

Proposed Film: Blood Coltan and Congo's Tin Miners

Recommended Readings: Coltan by Michael Nest and the Looting Machine by Tom Burgis
Congo’s Minerals: Click here for mineral information!


Thursday: Women in Congolese Society

Theme: The Role of Women in Congolese Society

Action:Make a financial contribution to Congolese organizations working with women in the Congo

Proposed Films: Lumo, Jazz Mama and Women Beyond War: A World March In Africa

Recommended Readings: Tell This To My Mother by Joseph Mwantuali and Essays by Congolese Women Leaders


Friday: A Free and Liberated Congo

Theme: The World’s Best Kept Secret: Realizing Congo’s enormous human and natural potential

Action:Support the youth movements in the Congo

Proposed Film:Back to Kinshasa: The fight for democracy in the DRC

Recommended Readings: Lumumba Speaks: The Speeches and Writings of Patrice Lumumba, 1958-1961, Edited by Jean Van Lierde


Saturday: "Break The Silence!" (benefit concerts and fundraisers)

Theme: Worldwide Support Day of Congo

Action: Organize a fundraiser for frontline communities in the Congo