Engaging with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit


The Center for African Studies at Howard University led events and initiatives with diverse perspectives and diaspora voices in the conversation on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit which President Biden hosted on December 13-15, 2022 with leaders from across the African continent in Washington, DC.

The Center co-hosted three sideline events for the Summit together with political leaders, civil organizations and university partners. Recordings from the events are available farther below.

African Language Translation Initiative

On the eve of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the Center for African Studies announced the launch of the African Languages Translation Initiative (ALTI) and the release of translations of the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa into Amharic, Swahili, Yoruba, and Zulu. ALTI will continue to encourage inter-cultural communication and understanding between Americans and Africans through the translation of documents, texts and information into critical African languages. 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)-Africa Correspondents Corps

The Center also launched the HBCU-Africa Correspondents Corps (HBCU-ACC). HBCU-Africa reporters and commentators provided coverage before, during and after the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. HBCU-ACC will continue to provide student journalists and political scientists attending HBCUs with professional development exposure and experience beneficial to pursue a career as an international correspondent or political commentator. HBCU-ACC will also work to broaden and deepen networks between HBCU students and their counterparts in Africa and the global African Diaspora.      


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Event Recordings

Conversation on Women and Trade: Advancing African and Diaspora Women in the Global Marketplace (Dec 12, 2022)


  • Center for African Studies
  • Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership
  • Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center 


Africa’s Future: University Partnerships, Business, Tech & Open Diplomacy (Dec 16, 2022)


  • African Centre for the Study of the U.S., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy, University of Southern California
  • Center for African Studies, Howard University
  • Institute for African Studies, George Washington University
  • Public Diplomacy Council of America


Global Pan African Peoples Intervention on the US-African Leaders Summit (Dec 10, 2022)


  • Global Pan African Movement
  • Center for African Studies, Howard University
  • Syracuse University 


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