PRESS RELEASE -- BPIA President congratulates delegation and appointments to the United Nations Permanent Forum for People of African Descent

BPIA delegation to United Nations Permanent Forum

Geneva, Switzerland -- On March 25, 2021, led by BPIA President Alexandria Maloney and BPIA member Jonathon Cummings, the organization convened a first of its kind international celebration program bridging the diplomatic community, arts community, and media for the United Nations International Decade of People of African Descent - "The Struggle, The Beauty, The Hope" featuring a special presentation of the “Say Her Name” Art Exhibition. This event represented the diaspora in the US, Africa, Caribbean, and UK. Watch the Event Recap Video here

On behalf of Alexandria j. Maloney, the President of Black Professionals in International Affairs, we congratulate the delegation represented at the first convening of the United Nations Permanent Forum for People of African Descent (PFPAD). Each individual represents immense expertise, experience, and commitment to racial and ethnic equity around the globe.  

The delegation included: 

  • Justin Hansford, US Representative to the UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) and Howard University Professor
  • Desirée Cormier Smith, Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice (2022 BPIA Guest of Honor)
  • Daquan Lawrence, Ph.D. Candidate, Howard University (BPIA Member) 
  • Amma Boateng, 2L J.D. Candidate, President Black Law Students  Association, Howard University (BPIA Member) 
  • Additional Howard University students 

Read the mandate here

PHOTO: (L to R) BPIA President Alexandria Maloney, BPIA-UMD Eastern Shore Liaison, BPIA Multilateral Advisor Jonathon Cummings, PFPAD Delegate DaQuan Lawrence 

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