African American Students Foundation greets students from Kenya

African American Students Foundation greets students from Kenya

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New York, New York, United States
September 9. 1959
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: Kenya
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Cora Weiss (second from left), Executive Director of the African American Students Foundation, at Idlewild Airport welcoming the 81 students from Kenya on the first Airlift. Prior to the airlift, Kenyan labor leader Tom Mboya had toured the United States and persuaded many universities and colleges to provide scholarships for students from East Africa, mostly Kenya. The African American Students Foundation was founded to raise money to get the students to the United States to use these scholarships. The Foundation organized several airlifts. On the right with his back to the camera is William X. Scheinman who set up the African American Students Foundation. Scheinman was also a contributor.
Photo courtesy of Cora Weiss.
Collection: Private collection of Cora and Peter Weiss