- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - An American aid worker kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2011 and rescued by Navy SEALs is to speak in Michigan.

Jessica Buchanan is scheduled to appear Monday at the National Day of Courage event at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Buchanan and a Danish colleague were abducted by pirates on October, 25, 2011. They were held for three months in harsh conditions before the Navy team freed them. Buchanan had received little to eat, and fears for her health were a factor in President Barack Obama’s decision to approve the rescue attempt.

She’s to share her story during the event being hosted by The Henry Ford and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

The National Day of Courage commemorates Rosa Parks, whose actions sparked the modern Civil Rights movement.

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