The NEW YORKER MAGAZINE features "the creation of Birthright AFRICA"
When Ashley Johnson, an artist from Chicago, heard about Taglit-Birthright—the program offering trips to Israel for young Americans of Jewish descent—she wondered why a similar program didn’t exist for people of the African diaspora. She Googled “birthright” and “Africa,” and was pleased to learn that one did—at least in theory. In 2005, Walla Elsheikh, a former Goldman Sachs associate whose father had been a Sudanese diplomat, heard a friend rave about a Taglit trip. She registered a Web site with the name Birthright AFRICA. She let the idea marinate, and nothing much happened, until she got a Facebook message from Johnson. Read the full feature to learn more about the launch of Birthright AFRICA.
BMCC-CUNY highlights its Birthright AFRICA Scholars
Five Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) students from the City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) traveled together to the Republic of Ghana for ten days in August 2017. Before leaving for Ghana, the students met with leaders and entrepreneurs who are part of the African diaspora in both New York and Washington, D.C. and visited cultural sites including The Africa Center in Harlem and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The trip, co-sponsored by the CUNY Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) and Birthright AFRICA, was led by Shawn Best, University Associate Director of CUNY BMI, along with Birthright AFRICA’s Founder and Chief Umoja (Unity) Officer, Walla Elsheikh, and its Founding Fellow and Program Director, Ashley Johnson. Read article for reflections from Tredesha Howard and Kasson Mangin-Colon.
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