The preeminent gathering on Africa in the United States.
?Africa holds the key to the future, to global peace and global prosperity. I believe that to be a fact.?
— Former President Jimmy Carter, May 1998
On February 16-20, 2000, thousands of grassroots organizations, academia, the business sector, and faith communities from across the United States joined policy makers and world leaders for the first-ever National Summit on Africa in Washington, D.C. Never before has the United States held such a comprehensive nationwide meeting to develop a plan for U.S.-Africa relations. Ambassador Andrew Young commented that he believes ?that the National Summit on Africa is the most important movement to come along since the Civil Rights movement.?
Rabbi David Saperstein was a Co-Chair of this unprecedented event and participated in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Africa America Institute, entitled "Religion, Governance and Society: Perspectives from African and American Religious Leaders." An excellent summary of this discussion can be found here.