C. Payne Lucas, co-founder and longtime CEO of Africare and leading voice on U.S. Africa relations for more than four decades, died September 15, one day after his 85th birthday. A native of North Carolina and an Air Force veteran, Lucas served as Peace Corps country director for Niger and then Africa director before leaving to create the first major African American-led NGO, which is focused on promoting development across Africa.
Africare has established a 'wall of remembrance' where tributes to his legacy are being posted.
The funeral service was held on September 26, 2018 at the National Presbyterian Church.
In 1971, Mr. C. Payne Lucas was appointed executive director of Africare, and Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy served as the director of international programs. ... see more »
allAfrica, 2 October 2018
Eulogy delivered at the National Presbyterian Church during the funeral service on September 26, 2018 Read more »
allAfrica, 26 September 2018
Following is the obituary issued by the family of C. Payne Lucas, c-founder and longtime president of Africare Read more »
Africa: A Tribute to C. Payne Lucas
allAfrica, 25 September 2018
When members of the Peace Corps community recall the various leaders who propelled the agency forward in its infancy, one of the names regularly referenced is C. Payne Lucas, who… Read more »
allAfrica, 23 September 2018
C. PAYNE LUCAS (Age 85) peacefully passed Saturday, September 15,2018, of advanced dementia in Hospice care at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. Read more »
Africare honored Mr. C. Payne Lucas and Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy with the 2014 Africare Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial ... see more »
C. Payen Lucas (r) and his wife, Freddie Lucas, receiving an award from UNDP in 2009.
C. Payne Lucas with Dikembe Mutombo, a humanitarian activist who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and played 18 seasons in the NBA.
C. Payne Lucas joined the Peace Corps when it was launched in 1961.
Dr. Joseph C Kennedy, co-founder and longtime director of International Development and vice president of Africare, who died in December, is remembered for his dedication to ... Read more »
allAfrica, 16 April 2004
C. Payne Lucas, who for three decades spearheaded the growth of the aid and development organization Africare, has become senior advisor to AllAfrica Global Media and the AllAfrica… Read more »
Africare, 7 April 2014
Peace Corps Alumni C. Payne Lucas and Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy recognized for their pioneering leadership in international development. Read more »
Africare, 14 May 2002
Board Appoints as New President Julius E. Coles: 28-Year USAID Veteran and Director of International Affairs Centers at Howard University and Morehouse College Read more »