Atlanta will be the site of the first of eight regional summit conferences of the Washington, D.C., -based National Summit on Africa, which was created two years ago to increase American awareness and understanding of Africa.  The Atlanta summit is to be held May 6-10.

       Former Mayor and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will serve as honorary co-chairmen. President Henri Konan Bedie of C™te d’Ivoire and Julius K. Nyerere, the former president of Tanzania, are scheduled to attend.

Rodney Slater, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, General Joe N. Ballard of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dr. Louis Sullivan, president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Herschelle Challenor, dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at Clark Atlanta University also will participate.

      The Atlanta summit will include sessions on a variety of themes including economic development, trade and investment, democracy and human rights, sustainable development and the environment.

       During the next two years regional summits also will be held in New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix and Houston.

      The primary venue for the summit will be the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta, with other activities slated for Clark College, Morehouse Chapel and the First Congregational Church.

      For more information, call Shirley Franklin or Reade Longino at A. Brown-Olmstead Associates at (404) 659-0919 or send an e-mail to  The Summit’s Website may be found at