“Don’t worry, my clothes are staying on tonight. And they will stay on for the rest of my public life,” Jason Russell joked in his first public appearance since last month’s telecast of a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Russell, the visionary behind the viral video “Kony 2012” and co-founder of the nonprofit Invisible Children, addressed an audience of about 300 students Tuesday at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.
Russell was in town preparing for MOVE: DC, a weekend event highlighted by a global summit that features international leaders discussing solutions to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict. Russell’s viral video was a short documentary on fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, head of the LRA, who has been accused of kidnapping children and forcing them to become members of his army or sex slaves. An international court has indicted Kony for war crimes.
Representatives from the United Nations, African Union and International Criminal Court will be in attendance. The free event, open to the public, will take place Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.