Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
Africare will honor its Co-Founders C. Payne Lucas and Joseph C. Kennedy, Ph.D. for their pioneering leadership and resolute commitment to Africa at the annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., at 6 p.m.
Africare will also pay special tribute to its Honorary Board Chairman, Nelson Mandela, whose lifelong efforts resulted in important humanitarian accomplishments.
In 1971, Mr. Lucas was appointed executive director of Africare, and Dr. Kennedy served as the director of international programs. Together they expanded Africare’s reach from an organization providing disaster relief in Niger into a leading international development organization providing food security and agriculture, environmental management, civil society development and governance, health and HIV/AIDS, and emergency humanitarian aid in 26 African countries over the span of 30 years. Dr. Kennedy retired as senior vice president of Africare in 1999. Mr. Lucas retired as president of the organization in 2002.
“When we think about Africare’s history, without hesitation we think of the vigorous efforts of our co-founders,” said Darius Mans, President, Africare. “For more than three decades, these gentlemen worked in partnership with Americans and many African communities to build the framework that allows Africare to leave communities in a better condition from which we originally met it. For that, we are forever grateful.”
First held in 1990, the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner honors and commemorates Bishop John T. Walker, Africare’s Board Chairman for 15 years and the first African American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C. Bishop Walker was well known for championing peace, justice and interracial harmony. The event also raises critical unrestricted support for Africare.
Here's a teaser video of our former president, Mr. C. Payne Lucas, discussing Africare's inception. http://youtu.be/PwUlHbdChIo.
To request media credentials for this event, please contact Nicole Miles at 202-328-5320.
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