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African Dignitaries To Converge In Atlanta

 ATLANTA— Civil Rights Icon, Ambassador Andrew Young and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation formallyannounce The Africa Policy Forum: A Vision for the 21st Century to take place throughout the city of Atlanta, GA from September 24 – 28, 2010.

The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation’s Annual Summit’s represent the largest African Diaspora gatherings in the world. This
year’s event is undoubtedly epic because many political dignitaries and economic leaders who live in the Western
Hemisphere have never had the opportunity to participate in an Africa Summit, as they take place on the continent of
Africa. But, at this critical juncture in world history, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation believes that Africans and those in
the Diaspora should have an opportunity to meet and interact on the other side of the bridge—here in the United States.
This Atlanta gathering will represent that opportunity.
 
"While in Atlanta, we will celebrate the African Diaspora through art, culture, investment and innovation while exploring
ways to build wealth and capital." said Hope Masters, President and CEO of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation.
 
Commenting on the upcoming gathering in his hometown of Atlanta, Ambassador Young stated: "I am both pleased and
excited that Atlanta will host the Africa Policy Forum. I remain convinced that Africa may hold the answer to many
challenges of the 21st Century. This week, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation will bring together the largest gathering of
African Presidents and Heads of State in recent memory in order to have a dialogue with the American President and
CEOs looking to do business in Africa."
 
Conference highlights include:
• Welcome Reception: Chocolate, Strawberries & Cigars (Friday)
• Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic Presented by 100 Black Men (Saturday)
• Africa in Me Dinner & Ceremony hosted by Isaiah Washington and AfricanAncestry.com: Ceremony reveals the
DNA test results of Martin Luther King III, Isaiah Washington and R&B artist, Ne-Yo (Sunday)
• Presidential Gala (Monday)
• International Women's Luncheon, I'm Every Woman (Tuesday)
• Forums featuring several African Presidents, heads of State and Obama Administration Members
• Celebrity Appearances and Live Cultural Events
• The formal reveal of the dates and locations for the 2011 Leon H. Sullivan Summit
Confirmed political dignitaries include but are not limited to:
• Ambassador Andrew Young (Foundation's Chairman), US Congressman and Representative to the United Nations
• Ambassador Carlton Masters, Ambassador of the Economic Community of the Western African States
• Goodluck Jonathan, Current Nigerian President
• Olusegun Obassanjo, Former Nigerian President (1999-2007)
• John A. Kufuor, Former President of Ghana
• Adelcia Pires, First Lady of Cape Verde
• Mbarka Bouaida, Committee of Foreign Affairs in Morocco's House of Parliament
• Mohammed Ouzzine, Morocco's Secretary and Minister of Foreign
 
The forum is to take place at several downtown hotels over the course of the five days and includes both social and issuesoriented
sessions; kicking off on Friday, September 24th, with a review of media reports about Africa and an overview of
the Sullivan Summits that have taken place since the first was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, in 1991.
 
On Sunday evening at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, actor Isaiah Washington and other dignitaries including Marcus
Garvey Jr., the son Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey and Martin Luther King III, the son of the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr., will reveal their African origins based on DNA tests.
 
Among the topics to be discussed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 27-28, are U.S. policy to Africa, conflict resolution, the
continent’s future through competitiveness, trade and investment, Africa’s fresh water supply and safety; as well as, a
session on dual citizenship.
 
An international women’s luncheon will conclude the Forum on Tuesday, September 28th, which will be attended by the
first lady of Cape Verde, Adelcia Pires and Mbarka Bouaida, chair of the Committee for Foreign Affairs in Morocco's
House of Parliament.

 
About The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
Founded by the first African-American appointed to the Board of Directors of a Fortune 500 company and the founder of
OIC, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan used his position with General Motors to launch an international campaign to reform
apartheid in South Africa by developing the Sullivan Principles, a code of conduct for human rights and equality; lobbying
the company and other large corporations to voluntarily withdraw from doing business in South Africa while the system of
apartheid was still in effect. Making the Sullivan Foundation the leader in creating labor diversity practices for those doing
business on the African continent.

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