For Africa Day 2023, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar join the Africa Center’s Senior Director, Rama Yade, to discuss their visions and views on the current state of US-Africa relations and US policy towards Africa. This event serves as an opportunity to follow up on the recent US- Africa Leaders Summit and highlight the role that Congress plays in determining US-Africa policy.
Africa Day was first launched on May 25, 1963 by the Organization of African Unity, the predecessor to the African Union. It celebrates the founding of this organization, which was dedicated to the cause of Pan-Africanism and liberation from colonial governments. The annual celebration commemorates the challenges the African nations have overcome in defining their own sovereignty, celebrates the progress the people of the continent have achieved, and calls attention to the remaining efforts needed to secure equal opportunities and development for Africa.