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2011 SULLIVAN HONORS December 15th, 2011 Marriott Wardman Park Hotel


The Sullivan Honors has grown in importance and prominence to become one of the highlights of the Washington, DC cultural year. On Thursday, December 15, 2011, The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation saluted the 2011 Sullivan Honors Recipients in a starstudded, international affair with notable performers from the United States and across the African Continent. The Honorees accepted the recognition of their peers and colleagues as they were celebrated through original performances and heart felt tributes. The event took place in the beautiful and stately Ballroom at the Marriott-Wardman Park Hotel.

Table of Contents





Letter From Hope


2011 Sullivan Soldiers





An Inspirational Spirit

Partnership Sponsorship Support

Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this event a success. All photographs are copyrighted by Jon Alexander of, unless otherwise noted.


2011 Honors Photos

2011 Sullivan Honorees

About The LHSF


Dear Friends and Family, It is with great pleasure that I present to you this taste of the 2011 Sullivan Honors. We gathered in the spirit of my dearly beloved and departed father, Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, to focus on grace and growth. The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation is privileged to recognize the powerful contributions that our Honorees have made toward the advancement and empowerment of the African people. As global citizens and entities, they have all found a way to dedicate their time and talents to Africa’s development. Though facing many challenges, the nations and people of Africa are neither helpless nor hopeless. They are using the resources available to them to pursue democracy and development. They are also pushing the international community to focus on strengthening our collective humanity. Each Honoree has found some way to carry on the extensive, yet broad work that my father, Dr. Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, began. Whether through grassroots initiatives, government projects, or through entities, they have all taken an active role in living out the Sullivan legacy and impact. We hope that everyone was moved by the performers and awe-inspiring Honorees to find a way to contribute what they can to the progress of the African people. We are all neighbors and must rely on one another for our collective success. As we look back over the 2011 Sullivan Honors, remember the words of Reverend Sullivan, “The key to any progressive movement is unity – getting enough people to want the change and to demand that it be made.” We thank all of our generous sponsors and devoted guests for their time and support of this event and look forward to staying connected with you all via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Peace and blessings,

Hope Sullivan Masters President & CEO







1. Guests were able to mingle and enjoy hors d’oeurves befor

2. Former Ghanaian President John Kufuor spoke with guest VIP Reception. 3. The evening began with a beautiful performance by the Stephanie Cookie Bumpus (photographed here). 4. Press also conducted multiple interviews with VIPs.

5. Dr. Marc LaMont Hill presided over the Honors as Master o 4 4

6. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo spoke with Champion for Africa Award.




re the main event.

ts like Congressman Bobby Rush (photographed here) in the Hope AME Community Choir and the National Anthem by

of Ceremonies. the press leading up to his acceptance of the Sullivan Global 6 5


USAID & The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Mrs. Masters invited Honorable Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID, to speak

about working in Africa and with the Sullivan Foundation.

Dr. Shah stated, “We (USAID) remain committed to making sure we engage with the continent and its leaders and its entrepreneurs, its women farmers, its medical doctors, its patients, in a manner that is respectful, in a manner that prioritizes partnership, in a manner that respects the great innovation and incredible success of so many African economies, that even during this challenging time for the global community are growing at 7, 8, 9, or 10%. 6

And if there is anything that we wanted to share today, it is that at the end of the day, Africa is a continent that will grow faster than the rest of the world, it’s a place that will innovate in a more vibrant way than so many other parts of the world. It’s a place where technology, mobile connectivity, improved leadership, [and] democracy [are] just changing the landscape of what’s possible. We stand with you in a spirit of real partnership and support, and we seek to learn as much from our engagements on the continent as we have to offer.”


Thank You Arik Air for Sponsoring the 2011 Sullivan Honors

Arik Air International was gracious

enough to offer a free roundtrip ticket to one attendee. Here is Mr. Bob Brunner, Vice President of Arik Air, drawing the winner’s name. Arik Air is a family run business that flies nonstop from Nigeria to the United States and has many amenities available on their flights. 7


2011 Sullivan Soldiers Ralph Perkins (pictured far left) heard Leon Sullivan speak in the 1970s and has been a longstanding member of the Sullivan Family ever since. He has held numerous positions in OICs across the US and Africa, as well as at the Leon Sullivan Foundation where he made immeasurable contributions to the mission of Reverend Sullivan.

Reverend Peter Matthews (pictured second from left) founded Holistic Inc. in 2002 to serve the community of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has remained committed to uplifting society by uplifting individuals. Reverend Matthews’ focus on community development and individual empowerment parallels that of Reverend Leon Sullivan. Congressman Bobby Rush (pictured third from left) was a prominent Civil Rights activist in Chicago

in the 1960s and has since brought his fight to the national stage. Congressman Rush uses his position of influence in Congress to advocate for and to empower lower-income and middle-class families.

Reverend Tony Lee (pictured far right) founded the Community of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church in Maryland in 2006. He has been engaging young people for years through an innovative style of praise and worship that embraces their unique styles and interests, while also addressing their specific needs. 8


An Inspirational Spirit 2011 Sullivan Soldier and Congressman Bobby Rush spoke about being inspired by Reverend Sullivan and incorporating Sullivan’s work into his own.

During his speech, Congressman Bobby Rush paid tribute to the late Rev. Sullivan stating that, “Dr. Leon Sullivan was a visionary who saw beyond our problems and recognized our potential, he saw beyond our differences and recognized our distinction, he saw beyond our poverty and recognized our prosperity. Let me remind you that the Sullivan Principles are the proven pathways for Africa and the Diaspora…” Congressman Rush also went on to say, “I believe all of our trials and triumphs, all of our successes and failures, all that we were, and all that we have become is in preparation for Africa’s Economic Transformation. It is a task that I believe will begin

to heal Africa AND America. I believe that healing will actually happen—not only through aid but, more importantly, through trade. The U.S – relationship has moved from slave-ship to partnership.”

Shandell King sang an acapella version of “Hero” by Mariah Carey in a special tribute for the 2011 Sullivan Soldiers. 9


2011 Sullivan Honorees

The 2011 Sullivan Honorees have moved mountains for Africa in new and exciting ways. Like Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, their accomplishments can only be described as extraordinary.



Democracy and Development in Africa

The first category was for Democracy and Development in Africa. The former President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John A. Kufuor received this African Leadership Award for significantly transforming Ghana through his leadership and dedication to implementation. He has brought stability and success to Ghana, as well as to the entire continent of Africa.

The Sullivan Global Champion for Africa

The second category was The Sullivan Global Champion for Africa. The former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo received this International Leadership Award for his ongoing leadership on the continent of Africa. His energy, foresight, and effort in ensuring peace and security in Africa embody his pledge as an African statesman true to his people. His work shows the world that Africa is rising.

Beacon for Africa

The final category was the Beacon for Africa. The African Union received this great honor for its united, on-going, citizen-driven efforts to advance peace and prosperity across the nations of Africa and on a global scale. Living standards have improved across the continent, strategic plans and studies are underway, policies have been harmonized, and the African Diaspora is being engaged. Chairman Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, accepted this award on behalf of the African Union.



Partnership, Spons Dr. Hill gave the concluding statement at the Honors, saying: It really is important for us to appreciate just what is happening here tonight. In addition to having heads of state, in addition to having powerful people, in addition to having leaders of major corporations, in addition to having major power brokers in this room, we have a very important conversation going on. As we listen to the words of Mr. President, I know some of it wasn’t translated, but as he began to speak about the significance of drawing from the resources and support of African American brothers and sisters, that is something that we see apparent in this room tonight.

“We have to push back against the idea that somehow the continent of Africa is crippled. We have to push back against the idea that somehow African people cannot come together and pro duce a reality that is bigger and better and brighter and bolder than anything that any other continent has done.”

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

is a 2009 Sullivan Soldier, a Sullivan Foundation Board Member, and was the evening’s compelling Master of Ceremonies. He is also a leading Hip-hop intellectual, Columbia University professor, TV Host, and writer for the Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and the New York Times.

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The possibility of the continent of Africa connecting with African American people: that’s what the work of the Sullivan Foundation has always been about; that’s the work that we have to continue to push forward into the 21st century. What tonight allows us to do is to re-imagine the continent of Africa and to re-imagine ourselves and to re-imagine the struggle that we have to engage in the 21st century. As Congressman Rush said, the point here is the think about, not just to be locked in a memory of slavery, not just to be locked into a history of slave ships, but to imagine an African and African American partnership that is marked by partnership, that is marked by sponsorship, that is marked by sup-


sorship, and Support port, that is marked by mutual respect and disciple. We have to push back against the idea that somehow the continent of Africa is crippled. We have to push back against the idea that somehow African people cannot come together and produce a reality that is bigger and better and brighter and bolder than anything that any other continent has done. That’s what it means for us to be here tonight. That is what the work of the Sullivan Foundation is about. And when we meet for our next Summit, that is going to be a central part of the conversation. Because, it’s so easy to fall into the media trap; it’s so easy to fall into the media narrative of Africa that says it’s all about famine and disease, desperation and desolation, death, destruction: that’s the narrative of Africa.

Special Performance The night’s event came to a close with remarks by John Hope Bryant, who serves on President Barack Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and his introduction of his colleague — actor, producer, and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson. Up and coming singer Leon Timbo opened for Tyrese who then went on to graciously perform several songs for our guests and to close out the evening with a standing ovation.

But what we see tonight is intellect. What we see tonight is possibility. What we see tonight is power. What we see tonight is what happens when African people come together, and I mean African people on the continent and African people here in America, when they come together and struggle in the service of progress and justice. We have to reject the idea that somehow Europe has some magic power. We have to reject the idea that somehow the African Diaspora has been cursed. … The continent of Africa isn’t cursed. The continent of Africa can expand and grow and develop in the very same way that Europe did. If Europe got a Marshall Plan, why can’t Africa get a Marshall Plan? Infrastructure. Investment. Resources. Partnership. That’s what it’s about, that’s the work we are doing here tonight.

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The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation We are a force for africa that carries on the legacy of the great Dr. Reverend Leon H. Sullivan who helped end the Apartheid rule in South Africa by leading the corporate divestment campaign. As the 1st African American on a Fortune 500 Board (since 1981), Rev. Sullivan threatened to walk away if General Motors did not cease its work in Apartheid-ruled South Africa (after visiting & experiencing the heartwrenching racial discrimination). Even before that, Reverend Sullivan believed that jobs were the key to the economic development and true empowerment of African Americans, rather than a dependence on public assistance. His battle cry, “Integration without education leads to frustration,� lead him to launch Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OICs) in 1964 in Philadelphia (expanding all over the US & eventually the world in 1969) - providing free job training skills to African Americans seeking to enter the workforce. In 1988, Reverend Sullivan was determined to provide a model of selfhelp & empowerment to the people of Africa. He began the International Foundation for Education and SelfHelp (IFESH) to create & maintain programs & activities in the areas of agriculture, business & economic development, democracy & governance, education, and health. In the late 1990s, Sullivan brought world & business leaders together to expand the successful Sullivan Principles into the Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility. In November 1999, at a special meeting in the United Nations Headquarters, Sullivan and then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan formally introduced these new principles to the corporate world. The aim of the Global Sullivan Principles was to improve human rights, social justice, and economic fairness in every country, throughout the world. 14


Today, the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation continues this work and legacy of the humble pastor who started selective patronage campaigns and job training schools during the Civil Rights Movement and went on to hold biennial Summits in Africa to encourage investment and bring humanitarian projects. We seek to make his achievements known and to continue his selfless work of empowering underprivileged people in the US and around the world, with a special focus on Africa. When planning the Leon H. Sullivan Summits and other domestic events, we are pushed on by Reverend Sullivan’s own words, “What you do is what you are; do nothing and you are nothing; do little and be little. It is a fact of life, merciless and inescapable.”

“When I plan for the future, my thoughts turn eventually to Africa. Somehow, I believe, slavery will be turned to the advantage of our future. The day will come when the continent from which my forefathers came, will blossom into a paradise. I have a feeling that my ultimate freedom and my ultimate security are tied to the development of Africa.” -Reverend Leon H. Sullivan




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