CELEBRATE AFRICA FOUNDATION TO HONOR DR. ANNIE B. MARTIN
The Celebrate Africa Foundation has announced that Dr. Annie B. Martin,
President of the New York Chapter of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be honored with the Celebrate Africa Foundation
Humanitarian Award. Dr. Martin will be the first to receive this award, which
will take place at the Tavern-on-Green at Central Park West, New York, on
September 14, 2005, from 6-9 pm. The event is in partnership with the New York
City Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO - the 1.6 million-member umbrella
organization representing all labor unions in New York.
The Celebrate Africa Foundation Humanitarian Award was established to honor
the individual(s) who has/have devoted their lives to the well-being of
humanity as a whole. Dr. Martin has certainly devoted her entire
life to advancing the interests of all races, but specifically African-Americans and continental
Africans. In fact, last year she was recognized for her work with Africans
when the Udumeze of Ohafia (an Ohafian King), conferred her with the
chieftaincy title of Ada di Oha Mma 1 of Ohafia - the first daughter who is loved by
Dr. Martin, a tireless and consummate leader in the ranks of labor and civil
rights, is currently a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and the
unprecedented 12-term President of the New York Branch NAACP - the first
branch established and chartered by the national organization and currently the
largest branch in the eastern region with over 6,000 members.
A native of Eastover, South Carolina, Dr. Martin's long and illustrious
career in civil rights, labor and community affairs has won her over
200 awards, incuding the honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from Claflin College in
Orangeburg, S.C., and one of the first persons to receive the coveted
national Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
She is both a Life and Golden Heritage and Diamond member of the NAACP; a
life member of the National Council of Negro Women; a Commissioner on the
Commission of the Dignity of Immigrants; has been listed in "Who's Who in Black
America" for many years; was inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women
Achievers, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the New
York Lung Association.
Guided by the scripture, "Ican do all things through the Lord who strengthens
me," she is an active member of the First Bethel African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Harlem, where she serves as a Trustee and also a member of the
The Celebrate Africa Foundation is the continental- and Diaspora-wide
organization devoted to celebrating Africa and to promoting all
things positive about the African continent and its people, while recognizing the problems still
facing the continent. Celebrate Africa Foundation believes that until Africa
begins to celebrate itself and its achievements, no one else will do it.
Africa is endowed with great history and great people, and it is
incumbent upon all of us who love Africa to do our best in promoting this great continent.
In July, 2004, Celebrate Africa Foundation partnered with the African
Consuls-General Group in New York and MoneyGram International (which
helps you to
send money to Africa) to take Ambassadors of the 53 African countries to Wall
Street, to dialogue with the titans of industry and to say to them, "African
Wants Your Investment in Africa," as well as having 53 children carry the flags
of the 53 African countries around the Bowling Green Park, then hoisted on 53
poles inside the park, while the African Union flag flew on the main pole in
front of the 'Charging Bull,' for a whole week.
In June this year, Celebrate Africa Foundation partnered with Medgar Evers
College to screen the movie "Hotel Rwanda," to bring the stark reality of the
genocide that occurred in Rwanda with the murders of more than 800,000 Rwandan
Tutsis and Hutus. Several colleges have already signed on to partner with
Celebrate Africa Foundation to show this movie in the Fall semester.
Just this July, 2005, Celebrate Africa Foundation engineered the funding of
the 13th Parade of the Murid Islamic Association in New York, which took place
on July 28 from 110th to 125th Streets in Harlem. This was the first year
that the parade had been sponsored, and partnering with the WellCare Health
Management Company in New York, the parade was provided with 100,000 bottles of
water, 3,500 t-shirts as well as financial support.
Celebrate Africa Foundation has also announced that in 2007, the greatest
African cultural event will take place in America - the "BLACK FESTIVAL OF ARTS
AND CULTURES (FESTAC) WEST", which will dwarf the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts.
The donation for the Celebrate Africa Foundation Humanitarian Award
Reception/Dinner is $250 per person, and a portion of this is
tax-deductible. Also, a portion of the money will go to aids agencies working in Niger. ###
For Immediate Release - July 29, 2005
For more information, please call: 212-604-9552 ext. 203, 917-279-4038,