Atlantans had the opportunity from Jan. 18-April 21 to see a remarkable exhibition of African art at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, which featured works focused on the traditional lives of women and girls. The artworks were selected from hundreds of pieces belonging to the Mehta Collection of retired professor of international banking and […]
China president Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, which has spread throughout the world including the African continent challenging the U.S.’s economic dominance, is proof enough of China’s ambitions. But last week even in Atlanta there were intimidations that a more dynamic role for the U.S. would be welcome in Africa if it upped its […]
Atlanta Hawks great Dikembe Mutombo spent the days after Thanksgiving in Israel on a trip aimed at bringing expertise from the country’s largest hospital to his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr. Mutombo, the towering center known for stiff defense in the paint, is exploring a partnership with Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, which […]
U.S. Ambassador Michael Hammer, newly confirmed to his post in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, visited Atlanta in September for the annual Caring for Congo gala, a fundraiser in support of former Atlanta Hawks’ center Dikembe Mutombo’s hospital in the country. According to a wrapup of the event published by the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Mr. […]
An Atlanta-based foundation for the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB), an innovative institution in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which was launched in 2007 with the support of Georgia State University, seeks board members interested in serving its mission to develop the necessary resources to make the university “a center of excellence” for […]
While highlighting innovation in the arts, business and science as it has done over the past decade, the France-Atlanta program this year takes a broadband look at African art featuring Francophone authors, photographers and vocal artists. Kevin W. Tucker, the High Museum of Art’s chief curator, welcomed “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design,” at […]
MedShare’s global impact was clearly visible once again on Sept. 13 when more than 30 volunteers gathered at its headquarters on Clifton Springs Road to send off a shipment of medical supplies to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Decatur-based humanitarian aid organization has delivered life saving medical supplies to 100 countries and […]
In tribute of Veterans Day Nov. 11, Kiwanian William “Mack” Secord recalled the joint U.S.-Belgium rescue mission of white hostages and a number of Congolese whose lives were threatened 50 year ago by the violence in war-torn Stanleyville, (today known as Kisangani), in what’s now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During a luncheon address […]
The work of Bernard Williams clearly shows that he is an artist fascinated by history, especially less well-known histories, such as the often forgotten role of African-Americans and other minorities in creating the modern American West.
I would definitely recommend that anyone go see this exhibit, not only to learn about the fascinating history of the Kongo, but about how it has shaped American history and culture in innumerable ways.