by Randall Robinson, TransAfrica, TransAfrica Forum
with Bill Cosby
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, about Spring 1993
Publisher: TransAfrica Forum
7 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Africa, Somalia
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Caribbean, Haiti
Language: English
The funding appeal asks for a one-time donation of $300 or more to become a Founding Partner of the Founders’ Council that will be recognized in TransAfrica’s new building in the embassy row section of Washington, D.C.  The work of TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum for people in the African diaspora is positioned in the tradition of the rich legacy of African-American activism in U.S. foreign affairs led by Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Patricia Roberts Harris and Arthur Ashe. Randall Robinson, Executive Director of the two organization, expresses optimism about a new progressive administration in Washington and a deepening interest in foreign affairs among the American people, especially among our young people. This change is costly; from the long fight to end apartheid in South Africa to work on behalf of Somali refugees and the boat people of Haiti. The Founders' Council is being created to sustain and undergird the long-term education and mobilization actions needed to meet the many foreign policy challenges facing Africa and the Caribbean. The Arthur R. Ashe Jr. Foreign Policy Library and Resource Center, located in the new building, is named after one of the men and women, including also Bill Cosby, Sugar Ray Leonard, Quincy Jones and others who have made it possible for TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum to expand their capabilities and public outreach through the many services to be provided in our new national headquarters. The mailing also publicizes the TransAfrica 16th Annual Dinner, TransAfrica Forum Annual Foreign Policy conference, TransAfrica\ Smithsonian Cultural Exhibit, TransAfrica Membership convention, and an International Careers Fair that will all be part of the Africa World Together weekend of activities on June 4-5, 1993. The dinner will feature actors Blair Underwood and Alfre Woodard Special guests will include Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, former Prime Minister of Jamaica Michael Manley, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Kweisi Mfume, and Somalia-born fashion model Iman.
Used by permission of TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers