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On Location, Nairobi, Kenya - August, 2016

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Rev. William Revely, Jr. - "How To Get Hooked Up..."

The "Wholistic Health Conference" was held at Union Temple Baptist Church, in Washington DC's historic Anacostia neighbourhood, from September 15 - 18, 1993.

"How To Get Hooked Up..." a sermon delivered by Rev. William Revely, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan (USA) on the evening of Wednesday, September 15 was among the many highlights of the conference.

A native of Charlottesville, Virginia (USA), Dr. Revely is a product of the Howard University Divinity School. He served most notably as a Special Assistant to Walter Washington, the first Home-Rule mayor of Washington, DC, and was the Director of the Opportunities Industrialization Center in Detroit, Michigan.

From 1989 - 1999, he was the Pastor of the Messiah Baptist Church in Detroit and since 2001 has served as pastor of the Holy Hope Heritage Church, also in Detroit.

Dr. Revely is introduced by Rev. Willie F. Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church.


Hon. Ronald Harmon Brown (1941 - 1996) - "To Make A Real Difference in the Real Lives of Real People..."

The Third African-African American Summit was held in Dakar, Senegal in May, 1995. The Summit brought together African Heads-of-State, corporate and entrepreneurial interests, educators, religious figures and leaders of the African-American community.

The conference was convened by civil rights leader, social activist and anti-apartheid campaigner Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan (1922 - 2001).

Ronald Harmon Brown (1941 - 1996), was the United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton.

Culminating a distinguished career as a lawyer and lobbyist, Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1989, and played an integral role in running a successful 1992 Democratic National Convention and in Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential run. President Clinton then appointed Brown to the position of Secretary of Commerce in 1993. He was the first African American to hold this position.

Secretary Brown and 34 others were killed in a plane crash in Croatia on April 3, 1996.


Highlights of the Third African-African American Summit

The Third African-African American Summit was held in Dakar, Senegal in May, 1995. The Summit brought together African Heads-of-State, corporate and entrepreneurial interests, educators, religious figures and leaders of the African-American community.

The conference was convened by civil rights leader, social activist and anti-apartheid campaigner Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan (1922 - 2001).

Born in Charleston, West Virginia (USA), Rev. Sullivan was the long time pastor (1950 - 1988) of the influential Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). He was the first African-American to serve on the board of General Motors Corporation.

The African-African American Summit lives today as the Leon H. Sullivan Summit which brings together the world's political and business leaders, delegates representing national and international civil and multinational organizations, and members of academic institutions in order to focus attention and resources on Africa's economic and social development.


Gen. Colin Powell (1937 - ) - remarks to the National Summit on Africa

The February 2000 National Summit on Africa brought together an estimated 8,000 participants, delegates, and partners who harnessed their collective strength and demonstrated to the world that 'Africa Matters!' Never before had such a large community of people, representing every state in the nation, come together in support of Africa. Six regional summits, with more than 7,000 participants, and three policy forums held in major cities throughout the country set the stage for this significant gathering.

General Colin Luther Powell, KCB (Honorary), MSC former Chair (1989 - 19993) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed a dinner gathering at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, chaired by the Summit President and CEO, Leonard H. Robinson, Jr. (1943-2006)

General Powell would later serve as the 65th United States Secretary of State, in the first administration of President George W. Bush.


H.E. Daniel arap Moi (1924 - ), 2nd President of Kenya - remarks to the National Summit on Africa

His Excellency Daniel Toroitich arap Moi (born September 2, 1924) served as President of The Republic of Kenya from August 22, 1978 to December 30, 2002. Moi ascended to the Presidency upon the death of Kenya's founding President, Jomo Kenyatta.

Moi travelled to the United States in February, 2000 and spoke at the National Summit on Africa in Washington, DC.

His remarks at the Washington Convention Center were interrupted by hecklers. A public apology was made by former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, the Honorable Andrew Young.

The February 2000 National Summit on Africa brought together an estimated 8,000 participants, delegates, and partners who harnessed their collective strength and demonstrated to the world that 'Africa Matters!' Never before had such a large community of people, representing every state in the nation, come together in support of Africa. Six regional summits, with more than 7,000 participants, and three policy forums held in major cities throughout the country set the stage for this significant gathering.