Thousands Expected at 8th Leon H. Sullivan Summit to Explore Economic and Development Opportunities in Africa

African Heads of State, U.S Delegates to Convene in Arusha, Tanzania

June 2 - 6

May 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from Leon H. Sullivan Foundation

    WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In less than 30 days, The
 Leon H. Sullivan Foundation will lead U.S. based delegates to Arusha,
 Tanzania for its 8th Summit scheduled June 2-6th. Ethiopian Airlines, the
 official carrier for the Summit, will use two 767 jets to transport the
 delegates to Tanzania. The first flight departs on May 28th and includes a
 two night stay in Ethiopia's capital city of Addis Ababa. The second flight
 will depart on May 30th and will stop on Zanzibar Island for one night at
 Summit's end. Keeping in alignment with Reverend Sullivan's vision, both
 flights will arrive in Arusha on May 31st a few hours apart.
     Early confirmations have already been received by African Heads of
 State, as well as notable people and organizations from the U.S. such as
 Reverend Jesse Jackson, NBA star Kelenna Azubuike (Golden State Warriors),
 actor Lou Gossett Jr., B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television), CBS Radio's
 Frank Ski, CNN's TJ Holmes and many others who plan to join the Summit
 movement in Arusha. Invitations have also been extended to various Civil
 Rights and African American organizations including UNCF, 100 Black Men,
 National Association of Black Accountants, Abyssinian Baptist Church
 (Harlem, New York) and Greater Allen AME Church (Brooklyn, New York).
     "We are excited to bring such a large contingency of African Americans
 and others from The Diaspora to Africa," stated Hope Masters, President &
 CEO, of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation and Summit Convener. "This Summit
 marks the first of many journeys to an east African country and we are
 proud to bring the spirit and culture of Africa to so many, while making a
 difference at the same time. It will indeed be a life-changing experience."
     Masters also notes, the Summit themed, "The Summit of A Lifetime," by
 Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete, is expected to be the most successful of
 all the Summits since her father, the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan began
 the biennial conference in 1991.
     Dignitaries and delegates will participate in a week-long schedule of
 workshops and plenary sessions focusing on Africa's environment,
 infrastructure, investment, and tourism. The Summit will also encourage
 attendees to participate in the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation's philanthropic
 efforts in the country which includes the Leon Sullivan Malaria Free Zone
 Mosquito Net Project, the Books for Africa program and several other
     Delegates will also have the option to explore Tanzania landmarks which
 will include, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, the Olduvai Gorge along
 with various cultural ceremonies and welcome receptions.
     Inspired by the life and principles of Leon H. Sullivan, The Sullivan
 Summits are organized by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation with the goal of
 highlighting key issues, stimulating discussion, defining best practices,
 identifying new opportunities, promoting private enterprise and fostering
 high-level strategic partnerships.
     Notables who have participated in past Summits have included U.S.
 Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell, former
 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former World Bank President Paul
 Wolfowitz, Dorothy Height and the late Coretta Scott King. Celebrities
 including Chris Tucker, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cicely Tyson and Dick Gregory
 also have attended past Summits.
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