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United Nations and Partner Organizations to Highlight Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent at GW

October 12, 2017

Timothy Pierce:, 202-994-5647
Jason Shevrin:, 202-994-5631

The legacy and contributions of people of African Descent will be the focus of an event jointly organized by the George Washington University, United Nations Department of Public Information's Remember Slavery Programme, Howard University, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and Afrodisapora Inc.

The event will include a moderated discussion titled “The Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent” and an exhibit produced by the United Nations titled “Remember Slavery: Recognition, Justice and Development” to mark the program’s 10th anniversary.


  • Ben Vinson III, dean, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, The George Washington University


  • Omyma David, United Nations Remember Slavery Programme
  • Mohamed Camara, professor, Chair African Studies Department, Howard University
  • Sheila Walker, executive director, Afrodiaspora
  • Sylvia Cyrus, executive director, Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Moderated Discussion: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Exhibit: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)

Media interested in attending should contact Timothy Pierce at or 202-994-5647.