Dear CFA Friends, Colleagues, and Stakeholders:
Greetings! It is on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Constituency for Africa (CFA), and our sponsors, that I extend our very best wishes to you and your families. I trust that this has been a productive year for all of you, and for all those who are close to you! It is certainly our great pleasure to welcome you to the 2019 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series. The theme which we have chosen for this year’s conference is, “Increasing Diaspora Participation in Shaping U.S. Policies Toward Africa”. It is indeed a theme that all of us, especially all of us who are of African descent, can agree with.
This is an especially important year for all of us in that it marks 400 years since the arrival of the first Africans to the United States – albeit as slaves. The first ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived on August 19thon the James River near Hampton, Virginia.
On Saturday, September 7th, we are opening the 2019 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs by hosting the Harriet Tubman Town Meeting on Africa, in Harriet Tubman’s birthplace, Cambridge, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Harriet Tubman was a legendary abolitionist, who personally led hundreds of Africans out of slavery and into the north via the Underground Railroad. The Town Meeting in Cambridge, MD will feature Dr. Julius Garvey, the son of the great Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, as the keynote speaker, African Ambassadors from Mali, Namibia, and Togo, as well as the famed Africanist Historian, Dr. Runoko Rashidi. We then are convening a number of stakeholder roundtables, encompassing trade and investment, peace and security, reparations and Diaspora engagement, agriculture, and healthcare. These workshops are detailed further in this program brochure.
In November, CFA will partner with the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs to host the second annual C. Payne Lucas Africa Policy Forum, where CFA will convene key, senior-level stakeholders to discuss the findings from the Ronald H. Brown Series in September, and to agree on key strategies that we will propose to the U.S. Government, to the Africa Union, to the European Union, and most importantly, to the African Diaspora globally.
Welcome to the 2019 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series!
Chairman President & CEO