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...Beginning of an Alpha African Renaissance

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his Summit has indeed been a tremendous moment in the history of African people on both sides of the Atlantic. Over 2,000 Africans and "friends of Africa" from throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and many parts of Africa converged upon Dakar, Senegal, for a week of activities, meetings, and engaging in the activities that illustrate the vision of Dr. Leon Sullivan, the Summit's convener: "Building a bridge of togetherness that will never, never allow us to be separated again!" This article is a review of the Third African/AfricanAmerican Summit convened in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, May 1-6, 1995, and the participation in the Summit by Alpha Phi Alph Fraternity, Inc.

"SUMMIT MOVEMENT"

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he African/AfricanAmerican Summit Movement was launched in 1991 by Dr. Leon Sullivan and the International Foundation for Education and Self Help (IFESH). Its purpose is to forge concrete linkages between the United States and the continent of Africa, and to assist in the economic development of democratic nations. The Summits, which are normally a week long, provide an opportunity for governmental and non-

governmental leaders and dignitaries in business, religion, education, and other walks of life to dialogue on specific ways to strengthen the cultural, social, political, and economic relationship between Africa and the United States.

THE FIRST SUMMIT; ABIDJAN, COTE DTVOIRE The first Summit 1991 in Abidjan, Cote d'lvoire. Over 2,000 participants, including five African heads of States, decended upon the capital city of this important West African

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THE SECOND SUMMIT; LIBREVILLE, GABON In 1993, West Africa again played host to the African/African-American Summit. The Summit conveners chose Gabon because of its progress toward democracy and support for the ideals of the Summit. Over 5,000 individuals, including 22 African heads of State, participated in the Second Summit. The Second

Its purpose is to forge concrete linkages between the United States and the continent of Africa, and to assist in the economic development of democratic nations.

country. Although plagued by logistical difficulties, several significant programs emerged out of this historic exercise. One result of the first Summit was the introduction of a program to forgive over three billion dollars of debt owed to the United States by several African nations. This program was also supported by an ongoing effort to increase the overall debt relief for Africa, and a commitment to the concept of dual citizenship in African countries for African Americans.

Summit initited a major campaign to eradicate River Blindness in sub-Saharan Africa. Also, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Second Summit organizers and participants launched a project aimed at the containment of AIDS in Ghana. Finally, five American associations were formed to support the aims of the Summit. These associations are: (1) the National Students' Support Council for African (NSSCA; (2) Schools for Africa; (3) Teachers for Africa;

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