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Constituency for Africa (Washington, DC)

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. to Deliver Special Remarks at CFA's Africa Diaspora Braintrust on September 21, 2017

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Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., Founder and President of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

The Constituency for Africa (CFA) announces Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. will deliver Special Remarks at its Africa Diaspora Braintrust on Thursday, September 21st. This event is part of CFA's 2017 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series, and will be hosted by the African Union Mission in Washington, DC. Reverend Jackson, Founder and President of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and one of America's foremost religious, civil rights, and political figures, will join a number of distinguished speakers including the Honorable Dr. Arikana Chihombori, the Africa Union's Permanent Representative to the United States, and Dr. Julius Garvey, son of the late Marcus Garvey, one of the early leaders of the Pan-African movement.

The purpose of the African Diaspora Braintrust will be to bring together leaders from throughout the Diaspora to share their perspectives on the efforts being made to build unity and support for Africa, as well as to discuss strategies for building a constituency to support Africa in the U.S. and in the Diaspora. "We are delighted to have Reverend Jesse Jackson highlight CFA's Africa Diaspora Braintrust. His voice will add tremendously to our discussion, and provide us with guidance as we craft a pragmatic strategy to educate, organize, and mobilize the Diaspora in support of Africa," stated Mr. Melvin P. Foote, President & CEO of CFA. The African Diaspora Braintrust is free, and open to the public. For more information and to register, please CLICK HERE.

Featured speakers will also include Ambassador Rueben E. Brigety, Dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and U.S. Representative to the African Union Diaspora Summit (2013); Dr. Djibril Diallo, Regional Director for Western & Central Africa, and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Director of The Molefi Kete Asante Institute, and Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Temple University; Dr. Ronald Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World; Dr. Wilfred Ngwa, Global Health Catalyst Director at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center; and Ms. Harriet Shangarai, Coordinator of CFA's African Healthcare Infrastructure Committee, and former Chair of the Montgomery County, Maryland Office on African Affairs.

CFA's 2017 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series will be held from September 18th – 22nd in Washington, DC.

The theme of the Series is Mobilizing the Diaspora in Support of the U.S.-Africa Agenda. For information and to register for events, please visit www.ronaldbrownseries.org.

The schedule of events will include:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Roundtable I: Promoting Democracy & Governance in Africa

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

To register, CLICK HERE.

Roundtable II: Transforming African Agriculture

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

To register, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Roundtable III: Strengthening African Healthcare Infrastructure

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

To register, CLICK HERE.

CFA Stakeholders' Reception

Hosted by Nixon Peabody LLP

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Invitation only. For information, please contact jpwalker@cfa-network.org.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Roundtable IV: Increasing U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

To register, CLICK HERE.

Roundtable V: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

To register, CLICK HERE.

CFA Chairman's Reception

Hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University

1957 E Street, NW

City View Room

Washington, DC 20052

To register, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

U.S.-Africa Policy Forum

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University

Invitation only. For information, please contact jpwalker@cfa-network.org.

African Diaspora Braintrust

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

African Union Mission

1640 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20007

To register, CLICK HERE.

About the Constituency for Africa

For over 26 years, CFA has established itself as one of the leading, non-partisan organizations focused on educating and mobilizing the American public and the African Diaspora in the U.S. on U.S.-Africa policy.  As a result, CFA has helped to increase the level of cooperation and coordination among a broad-based coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the progress, development, and empowerment of Africa and African people worldwide.

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