National Summit onAfrica, Congresswoman
Jackson-Lee hold policy forum inHouston

Special to USAfricaonline.com and USAfrica The Newspaper

by JANET SAMSON

One of the major Africa interest organizations in the U.S., the National Summit on Africa, a non-profit organization founded three years ago in Washington, D.C., has held another policy forum on Africa. With the support of one of Africa's strongest voices, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat-Houston), they brought together their leverage and knowledge of the continent with other panel of experts to speak at one-day policy event on the future of U.S.-Africa relations, on Thursday December, 16, 1999, from 8:30 am to 6:00 p.m at the Texas Southern University's Jesse H. Jones School of Business in Houston.

Leonard H. Robinson Jr., is the President and CEO of the Summit. Vice President of the National Summit, Bernadette Paolo told USAfrica The Newspaper and USAfricaonline.com during an interview that "we're putting the focus on issues and policies which are of interest to Africans and Americans." Lee informed USAfricaonline.com that she is co-sponsoring the event called on the community to attend because "it is important that you bring your voice and expertise to this forum. Not only will you be representing the perspective of the people of Texas with respect to Africa, you will also be taking part in an historic movement."

The National Summit on African held six successful regional summits in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore and Denver. In addition, two policy forums were held at University of California in Los Angeles, and at the University of Oklahoma. An estimated 10,000 Americans and Africans have participated in these summits and policy forums. Participants, which include USAfricaonline.com Founder & Publisher Chido Nwangwu, focuses on policy themes on democracy and human rights, peace and security, trade and investment, sustainable development and the environment, and education and culture. Lee and Paolo to help guide U.S. relations with Africa in the next millennium. Event coordinators include Oliver Kellman and Helen Reed-Rowe.


•Congresswoman Lee's exclusive interview on Africa business and policy with USAfrica's Publisher held in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be published here at USAfricaonline.com in February 2000.

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