Gathering encourages collaboration between the two nations to address civil inequalities during the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent
Washington, D.C. (FEBRUARY 19, 2015) – Thought leaders representing the African diaspora from Brazil and the United States will gather in Washington, D.C., on February 25, 2015, to explore and together chart a plan of action to advocate respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights for people of African descent.
Hosted by three prominent not-for-profit organizations – Africare, The Baoba Fund for Racial Equity and the National Museum of African-American History & Culture – the four-hour event will feature keynote speaker U.S. Representative Henry “Hank” Johnson (D-GA) and expert panelists from Brazil and the U.S. who will discuss topics such as equity in education, affirmative action policies and civil society collaboration.
“People of African descent are facing significant social, economic and educational challenges throughout the Americas,” said Tonija Hope Navas, Executive Director for the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity-North America. “This gathering of diaspora leaders from Brazil and the U.S. will encourage collaboration, build understanding and focus our solutions on leveling the playing field for people of African descent in education, economic development, health and other areas.”
The United Nations proclaimed 2015-2025 the International Decade for People of African Descent. The designation recognizes the more than 200 million people in the Americas and millions of others in other regions outside of the African continent, who identify themselves as being of African heritage whose human rights must be promoted and protected.
“When the fundamental human rights and privileges of people of African descent are compromised, it is essential that Africare, the largest and oldest African-American led organization focused on improving the lives of Africans, and other like-minded organizations contribute to the solution and act,” said Dr. Darius Mans, President of Africare and event panelist.
The event, A Conversation on Moving the Diaspora Forward: Opportunities for Brazil/U.S. Collaboration, 2015-2025, begins at 9 a.m. at the Dillon Ripley Center located at 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W., next to the Smithsonian Castle. For more information, visit www.baoba-northamerica.org/events.
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Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has benefited tens of millions of men, women and children through thousands of projects across 36 countries in Africa by integrating our community-based core expertise with our technical specialties of Agriculture and Health, and always prioritizing the cross-cutting themes of Economic Development; Nutrition; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women’s Empowerment; and Youth Engagement. Visit www.africare.org for more information.
About The Baoba Fund for Racial Equity
The Baoba Fund for Racial Equality is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to mobilize people and resources in Brazil and abroad, to support pro-racial equity projects of Afro-Brazilian civil society organizations (CSOs) and to promote an agenda that encourages philanthropy for social justice in Brazil, based on the principles of effectiveness, transparency and ethics. For more information visit www.baoba-northamerica.org.
About the National Museum of African-American History & Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. Scheduled to open in 2016, the museum is under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Upon completion, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural institution devoted exclusively to exploring and documenting the African American story and its impact on American history.