World Summit Celebrates People of African Descent in the Americas
Participants pose for a photo at the first World Summit of African Descendants in La Ceiba, Honduras, August 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Zakiya Carr-Johnson serves as Senior Advisor to the Race, Ethnicity, and Social Inclusion Unit in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

A warm “Buiti achuluruni” was the Garifuna welcome for the more than 1,000 participants who traveled to La Ceiba, Honduras, to attend the first World Summit of African Descendants. The World Summit of African Descendants: Integral and Sustainable Development with Identity was organized by Organizacion de Desarrollo Etnico Comunitario and the International Civil Society Committee to commemorate the United Nations (UN) and Organization of American States (OAS) International Year for People of African Descent.

Summit participants included civil society, government, and international organizations from more than 30 countries. I headed the Department of State’s delegation. The U.S. delegation also included several staff from the Bureau of… more »

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