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The Africare Bishop Walker Dinner was first held in October 1990. The following are some of the national and international leaders involved with the event over the years.
2011 Ambassador Donald McHenry
2010 Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
2009 John Legend
2008 Former President George W. Bush
2007 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
2006 Former President William J. Clinton
2005 The Honorable Colin L. Powell
2004 Sen. Richard G. Lugar and Rep. Donald M. Payne
2003 Bill and Melinda Gates
2002 Harry Belafonte
2001 The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
2000 James D. Wolfensohn
1999 Graca Machel
1998 The Honorable Andrew Young
1997 Dorothy I. Height
1996 Former President Jimmy Carter
1995 The Reverend Leon H. Sullivan
1994 President Nelson R. Mandela
1993 The Honorable Sargent Shriver
1992 Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
2010 The Exxon Mobil Corporation
2009 The Coca-Cola Company
2008 The Coca-Cola Company
2007 RLJ Companies
2006 United Parcel Service
2005 Royal Dutch Shell
2004 ChevronTexaco Corporation
2003 The Hon. Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
2002 Archer Daniels Midland Company
2001 Harmon & Co.
2000 Eastman Kodak Company
1999 SBC Communications, Inc.
1998 Chevron Corporation
1997 Discovery Communications, Inc.
1995 Cookson Gro
1993 Cookson Group
1992 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association
1991 IBM Corporation
1990 The Coca-Cola Company
Rex W. Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Zindzi Mandela, Daughter, His Excellency Nelson R. Mandela
Former Senate Majority Leader Senator William H. Frist
Congressman Donald M. Payne
Jendayi E. Frazer
Former First Lady Laura Bush
Then President Nicephore Soglo of Benin
Former President George H.W. Bush
Then President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria
Then OAU/African Union Chairman, Prime Minister Zenawi of Ethiopia
Then Vice President Al Gore, Jr.
Then HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson
Then Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin
HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson
Former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D.
Then Senator Nancy Kassebaum
Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums
Rep. Barbara Lee
Then Rep. William H. Gray, III
First Lady Laura Bush
Then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Mayor David N. Dinkins (New York City)
Then Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (Md.)
Bill Gates, Sr.
Then U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
Then President Masire of Botswana
H.M. King Mswati III of Swaziland
Then President Patasse of the CAR
President Muluzi of Malawi
Then President Bizimungu of Rwanda
Then President Vieira of Guinea-Bissau
Omar Kabbaj (African Development Bank)
Lennart Bage (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
Jacques Diouf (Food and Agriculture Organization)
Mora McLean (Africa America Institute)
Then First Lady Barbara Bush
Then Senator Tom Daschle
Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Senator Claiborne Pell (now deceased)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Rep. Tom Lantos
Rep. Charles Rangel
Rep. Ed Royce
Rep. Elijah Cummings
Then Rep. Benjamin Gilman
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Then Labor Secretary Alexis Herman
Then Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
Coretta Scott King (now deceased)
Mark Malloch Brown
The Honorable Kweisi Mfume
Hugh B. Price (National Urban League)
Marian Wright Edelman (Children's Defense Fund)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ph.D.
Eddie Williams (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies)
American Express Company
AOL Time Warner
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Chase Manhattan Bank
The Coca-Cola Company
Comcast Cable Communications
Cookson Group, plc
Corporate Council on Africa
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Delta Air Lines
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Eastman Kodak Company
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Corporation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
International Paper Company
Johnson & Johnson
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
The Procter & Gamble Company
Sara Lee Corporation
SBC Communications Inc.
Shell International Limited
Sony Corporation of America
Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI)
United Parcel Service, Inc.
World Cocoa Foundation