NABJ PRESIDENT KATHY TIMES TO VISIT SENEGAL FOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY AND MEETINGS WITH AFRICAN JOURNALIS
Friday, April 2, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2, 2010 - The 50th Anniversary of the
Independence of Senegal is scheduled to be one of the most
internationally observed ceremonies by the African nation.
Joining in the monumentous celebration will be the leader of America's largest minority journalism organization.
National Association of Black Journalists
President Kathy Times will be in the ranks with African presidents and
prime ministers as well as representatives of the NAACP, Rainbow PUSH
Coalition, and many other U.S. organizations in the capital city of
Dakar for the independence celebration ceremonies. Some of the
festivities include symposia, special exhibitions, parades,
performances, and the dedication of the 150-foot-tall African
Renaissance Monument. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to
gather in Dakar on April 3-4 for the anniversary observances.
It will be President Times' first visit to Africa.
"This is an incredible opportunity to further the
goals of NABJ, and meet individuals who can help NABJ pursue unique
global partnerships," said Times.
While overseas, Times plans to meet with
Senegalese and other West African journalists to discuss ways that NABJ
could help support journalists and advance journalism on the
NABJ has a long history of working in Africa.
Through its partnership with the United Nations, NABJ's World Affairs
Task Force has organized reporting trips to Africa, and elsewhere, over
the past two decades for hundreds of NABJ members.
Under the auspices of President Abdoulaye Wade,
the events in Senegal will focus on the future of Africa and place
particular emphasis on how all African states can work together to
foster and support the economic, cultural, social and political
well-being of the entire continent.
The commemoration will begin for the American
delegation on Friday, April 2, with a visit to Gorée Island, a UNESCO
World Heritage site known for its historic link to the slave trade.
The African Renaissance Monument will be dedicated
on Saturday, April 3, in an event focusing on the theme of a United
States of Africa, an objective endorsed by the African Union for
realization in 2017. The man, woman and child depicted in the monument
symbolize the strength and promise of an Africa that will grow,
flourish and experience a renaissance of culture, economic prowess,
innovation and achievement.
During the celebration, President Wade will take
part in a three-way dialogue that touches on the African Diaspora,
engaging in conversation with North America and Europe. Representing
the Americas will be NAACP CEO and President Benjamin Todd Jealous.
Europe will be represented by Alain Jakubowicz, President of the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism.
At the heart of this vision are the United
Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs offer a platform
for progress in ending poverty and hunger, reaching universal education
and gender equality, improving child and maternal health, ensuring
environmental sustainability, drastically reducing the impact of
HIV/AIDS and creating a global partnership for development - all by
"I am sure that the historic visit by this
prestigious American delegation will strengthen ties between the United
States and Africa, and reinforce African efforts for sustainable human
development, bearing in mind the efforts of UNAIDS and its partners in
working to reverse the AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Djibril Diallo, Chair
of the U.S. Leadership Committee for the World Festival of Black Arts
(FESMAN) 2010. Along with chairing this Committee, Diallo organized the
U.S. delegation, is Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of
UNAIDS, and and co-chairs the NABJ World Affairs Task Force along with
John Yearwood, World Editor, The Miami Herald.
The National Association of Black Journalists
(NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related
professionals that provides quality programs and services to and
advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
For more information contact Ryan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-479-NABJ.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more
than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and
support to black journalists worldwide.