The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Brings 'Summit of a Lifetime' to Tanzania

Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Calling Upon Friends and Dispersed

Descendents of Africa to Engage

Feb 14, 2008, 00:00 ET from Leon H. Sullivan Foundation

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leon H. Sullivan
 Foundation is issuing a public all-call for friends and descendents of
 Africa to join in the historic journey to Arusha, Tanzania for the 8th Leon
 H. Sullivan Summit to be held June 2-6th 2008, the first Sullivan Summit
 ever in East Africa since the inception of the Summit movement in 1991.
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     His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the host nation, is
 eagerly anticipating this Summit, expecting at least 30 African Heads of
 State to attend. "I am confident that the city of Arusha will provide the
 appropriate setting for this meeting," stated President Kikwete. "Africa is
 so rich in resources and promise, what better place is there to discuss how
 we, Africa's sons and daughters throughout the world, can collectively
 contribute to the development of its future than beautiful Tanzania, which
 has for years successfully brokered financial partnerships and investments
 in an ongoing effort to achieve economic stability."
     The Summit, which was founded by the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, is
 rooted in the belief that the development of Africa is a matter of global
 partnerships. Because it was particularly important to Reverend Sullivan
 that the African Diaspora and "Friends of Africa" remain active
 participants in the continent's ongoing development, the Summit will bring
 together Heads of State, government Ministers, entrepreneurs, civil
 society, NGOs and academics to dialogue and take action on relevant issues
 facing the continent.
     Working in collaboration with the Tanzanian Government, Summit
 organizers have an agenda in place that will focus on investment,
 environmental sustainability, power, infrastructure, and tourism. In
 addition to the workshops, galas, receptions and Presidential State Dinner,
 Summit delegates who fly on the official Summit charter will be
 participants in a daylong safari to the Ngorongoro Crater. At Summit's end,
 the charter will head to the island paradise of Zanzibar for a full day of
 exploration and relaxation, where President of Zanzibar Amani Karume will
 host a special event that evening.
     "It is time that we as African-Americans take a stand and become more
 proactive with the future of Africa," stated Hope Masters, Summit Convener
 and daughter of the late Reverend Sullivan. "It is our duty not to be
 bystanders to our ancestral home." I guarantee that anyone who takes this
 voyage with us will be forever changed and inspired."
     The standard charter delegate package is $4495 (includes airfare, hotel
 accommodations, official Summit meals and the stopover on Zanzibar Island).
 To register for the VIII Leon H. Sullivan Summit, go to or call 202/736-2239.
     President Kikwete has promised that the Arusha Summit will be "the
 Summit of a Lifetime." Previous Summits have been held in Abidjan, C�te
 d'Ivoire (1991); Libreville, Gabon (1993); Dakar, Senegal (1995); Harare,
 Zimbabwe (1997); Accra, Ghana (1999) and Abuja, Nigeria (2003 & 2006).
     Notables who have participated in past Summits have included Presidents
 George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, former Secretary of
 State Condoleezza Rice, Reverend Jesse Jackson and the late Coretta Scott
 King. Celebrities including Chris Tucker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cicely Tyson
 and Dick Gregory also have attended past Summits.

SOURCE Leon H. Sullivan Foundation