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Barbara Lee to Receive Sankofa Award from Gondobay Manga Foundation

For Immediate Release

April 23, 2009

Contact: Nicole Y. Williams

(202) 225-2661


Barbara Lee to Receive Sankofa Award from Gondobay Manga Foundation


Washington, DC – Tonight, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will receive the Sankofa Award from the Gondobay Manga Foundation. Congresswoman Lee will join fellow honorees Gina Paige and Dr. Rick Kittles, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Forest Whitaker in being honored for their humanitarian efforts on behalf of all people.


“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from the Gondobay Manga Foundation,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “As a member of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, I am determined to help reshape our foreign policy and funding to make Africa a priority for US Foreign Policy. Africa matters.


Additionally, I applaud Isaiah Washington and the Gondobay Manga Foundation for their continued advocacy on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone, provide them with access to much needed education, healthcare, and economic development.


Inspired by founder Isaiah Washington's discovery of his direct genetic link to the Mende´ people of Sierra Leone, The Gondobay Manga Foundation advocates cooperative planning to achieve positive, timely improvements in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. By uniting passionate people, The Foundation strives for immediate impact by addressing one village at a time. In undertaking issues such as road building, water supply, and electricity, The Foundation will stress the need for reliability, accountability, and sustainability in the infrastructure of Sierra Leone. For more information on the Gondobay Manga Foundation visit www.gondobaymangafoundation.org.





Nicole Y. Williams

Communications Director

The Honorable Barbara Lee (CA-9)

2444 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 226-0323 (Direct)

(202) 579-1925 (Cell)

(202) 225-9817 (Fax)



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