Peace Corps to Host South Africa Events in Atlanta

January 9, 1998

ATLANTA, January 9, 1998—To mark the partnership between Peace Corps and the country of South Africa, Peace Corps will host a South Africa Celebration on Wednesday, January 14 at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Chapel at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Ave, SW, in Atlanta.
South Africa Celebration on January 14
The celebration will include a keynote address by South African Ambassador Franklin Sonn, as well as remarks by Mark Gearan, the current director of Peace Corps; Sargent Shriver, the first director of Peace Corps; Sen. Paul Coverdell (R-Ga.); and Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) Nigerian singer Nneka and the Morehouse Glee Club Sextet will perform South African songs. The 41 new Peace Corps volunteers will also be present.
Peace Corps World Wise Schools at Auburn Avenue Library
The Peace Corps will host a Celebration of Global Education and a reception for Atlanta educators at the Auburn Avenue Research Library at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15.
The reception begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by a program featuring Senator Coverdell, Mark Gearan, South African Ambassador Sonn, Peace Corps Deputy Director Charles Baquet III, and Emma Stanley, Programming Division Manager, Auburn Avenue Research Library. Senator Coverdell founded this program in 1989, when he was Peace Corps Director.
Peace Corps Symposium on January 15
The Peace Corps will also host a Symposium on South Africa at Emory University in Winship Ballroom in the Dobbs University Center on Thursday, January 15 at 7 p.m. The program will feature former President Jimmy Carter, whose grandson is one of the new South Africa volunteers, and other speakers who will discuss a variety of issues currently facing southern Africa. Along with President Carter, South Africa Ambassador Franklin Sonn and Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan, the panelists will include: Africare President C. Payne Lucas, who previously served as Peace Corps Director of the Africa Region; CNN's Global Environmental Correspondent Gary Strieker, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Swaziland; and Emory Professor Joyce Neu, who is also the Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the Carter Center and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Senegal. The event is co-sponsored by Emory University's Program of African American Studies. A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m.

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