Promotes Africa In Brooklyn
is a missing link in the global economy and that link is
Africa, said Andrew Young, former United States ambassador
to the United Nations, at an informal visit to the Brooklyn
Campus on February 5. Together with Yusef Juwayeyi, former
Malawian ambassador to the UN, Young spoke to a jam-packed
audience on a host of issues related to Africa, the
U.S. and the UN.
the insight of people like ambassadors Young and Juwayeyi
who have lived in both the United States and Africa
we can hope to understand and improve the conditions
of our world, said Provost Gale Stevens Haynes as
she introduced the guests.
the topics discussed were U.S. foreign policy toward African
nations, the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa and global
politics. Young noted that people of African descent in
America had the earning power of about $570 billion
annually, more than the discretionary income of Canada,
France and England. Both he and Juwayeyi suggested that
Africans and African-Americans should link more closely
on economic and social levels to ease poverty and the AIDS
crisis in Africa.
civil rights activist and ordained minister, Young was a
top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is on the board
of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Non-Violent
Social Change and is chairman of Goodworks International,
a consulting group that provides strategic services to corporations
and governments. He has served as mayor of Atlanta, three-term
member of the United States House of Representatives and
president of the National Council of Churches.
a visiting professor in the Campus Department of Sociology/Anthropology,
was Malawis ambassador in 2001 and has served as his
countrys commissioner for culture. He has published
extensively in the fields of anthro-pology and history,
and co-authored a book with Malawis President on a
history of their country.