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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080214/DC14242 ) 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 http://www.thesullivansummit.org 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