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2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner To Honor Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Thursday, October 18, in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2007 – Africare announced today that its 2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 18, in Washington, D.C., and will honor Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. President Johnson Sirleaf will receive the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, which is given annually to the people who have made major contributions to the continent of Africa. Prior recipients include former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, then President Nelson Mandela, Andrew Young, Dorothy I. Height, Graca Machel, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. The Africare Dinner is now the largest annual event for Africa in the United States.

“We symbolically chose International Women’s Day to announce President Johnson Sirleaf as Africare’s 2007 honoree,” noted Africare Senior Vice President Jeannine B. Scott. "As the first elected female head of state in Africa, President Johnson Sirleaf embodies the progress of women in achieving leadership positions on the continent. At the 2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner, Africare will pay tribute to her efforts to bring peace, economic prosperity and a bright future for the people of Liberia. Africare's work endeavors to do the same, every day."

Like International Women’s Day — a global celebration of women of the past, present and future -- the October 2007 Africare Dinner will center on the theme of “Women’s Empowerment,” exemplified by the salute to President Johnson Sirleaf.

The Africare Dinner is named after the late John T. Walker, the first African-American Episcopal Bishop of Washington, D.C., and a long-time chairman of Africare. Bishop Walker passed away on September 30, 1989.

Event proceeds will support Africare’s mission of humanitarian assistance.

For more information about the 2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner, click here.


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