Africa Society Hosts White House Officials, Michael Blake and Karen Richardson, for the 2011 Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series

The Africa Society of The National Summit on Africa, in partnership with the Embassy of Ghana, will host Mr. Michael Blake and Ms. Karen Richardson, from The White House Office of Public Engagement as the featured speakers for the second installment of the 2011 Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series entitled, “Youth, The Vanguard for Change.”

Thursday, April 28, 2011
6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Lecture

Embassy of the Republic of Ghana
3512 International Drive, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

This forum is in response to the overwhelming political activism of young people recently observed on the African continent and around the world. Both speakers will have the opportunity to address the power of youth leaders and movements that have only begun to show their political might. They will discuss how best to reach youth to influence positive change and the particular challenges facing burgeoning youth populations worldwide.  Both Ms. Richardson and Mr. Blake play significant roles in their present capacities at The White House and are proficient both in engaging Americans as well as individuals in the international community.

The event is the second installment of The Africa Society’s Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series in 2011 and the first ever featuring two speakers. Now in its tenth year, the Lecture Series features distinguished speakers whose work has influenced and advanced awareness of U.S.-Africa relations. Named in honor of the former Chairman of The Africa Society Board, the Series was launched in 2002 and continues to hold at African embassies on a rotational basis.                

The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa is a non-profit that engages and educates Americans about Africa and creates, through partnerships, a better understanding of its peoples, diverse cultures, histories, and economies. For more information visit

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