Video | U.S.: NBA and CFA Brainstorm about Africa on Capitol Hill

This past month, the Constituency for Africa (CFA) and the National Bar Association (NBA) sponsored a discussion on Capitol Hill regarding strategies for the NBA and CFA to engage Africa around issues of economic development, democracy, governance and the rule of law on the continent.  The meeting, which was styled as a brainstorming session, took place at the Rayburn House Office Building on April 17.

Established in 1990, the CFA is comprised of organizations focused on Africa as well as self-styled Africanists and interested citizens.  The CFA’s mission is to build support systems for Africa in the United States.  As part of this mission, the CFA educates the U.S. public about Africa and this country’s African policies.   The CFA is also responsible for encouraging cooperation among coalitions of African, American and international organizations and individuals as well as marshaling a constituency of Africa activists.   It is renowned for its town hall meeting strategy sessions, such as the one that took place on Capitol Hill, where participants converge to cover issues like business and trade, civil rights, health and culture.  To date, CFA meetings have been held in over thirty cities and have involved close to 15,000 attendees.

With this platform and the support of the NBA, which is comprised of a network of over 50,000 lawyers, key speakers at the Capitol Hill meeting consisted of the co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Africa Sub-Committee, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Congresswomen Karen Bass, the president-elect of the NBA, Patricia Rosier.  Panelists including politicians, non-profit directors, attorneys, and professors.   Kevin Judd, the chair of the NBA’s International Partnerships Initiative and Melvin Foote, president and CEO of the CFA were also in attendance.

Click here to view the video from the NBA and CFA’s Brainstorm on Africa.

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