October 4, 2006
Press Advisory/Notice of Press Conference
Pilgrimage To Citadel Will Launch Model City Initiative In Haiti
For Immediate Release
Dr. Ron Daniels, former Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Founder of the Haiti Support Project will lead a delegation of more than fifty African American and Haitian American heads of organizations, professionals, opinion-makers and community activists to Haiti October 5-9th for a Pilgrimage to the Citadel and to launch the Model City Initiative. According to Dr. Daniels, the goal of the Model City Initiative is to mobilize humanitarian, economic and technical assistance to transform the town of Milot, which is located near the Citadel and Sans Souci Palace, into a Mecca for cultural historical tourism and social- economic development.
The Citadel, a virtually impregnable mountain top fortress, was built by King Henri Christophe to deter further European aggression after the Revolution of 1804 which established the first Black Republic in this hemisphere. As the “eighth wonder of the world,” it is one of Haiti's greatest historical assets and potentially a magnet for tourism, especially among African Americans and Haitian Americans. The Model City Initiative is designed to utilize this and other cultural-historical assets as the foundation to assist the town of Milot to create a thriving and sustainable economy.
The largest contingent of the Pilgrimage is from the greater New York/New Jersey and Washington, D.C. areas and will be departing from JFK International Airport, Thursday morning, October 5th.
The office of Congressman Gregory Meeks is facilitating a Departure Ceremony and Press Conference for the delegation along with local community and political leaders.
Departure Ceremony and Press Conference
Date/Time/Place: Thursday, October 5, 7:45 A.M. American Airlines International Terminal # 8, Area B, JFK Airport.
Key Participants: Congressman Gregory Meeks, Counsel General Felix Augustin, Councilman Charles Barron, Jocelyne Mayas, Dr. Ron Daniels and leading members of the delegation as follows:
George Curry, Executive Director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association for more than 300 Black newspapers in the U.S., Washington, D.C.
“Omarosa” Stallworth, actress, entrepreneur and activist, who achieved national acclaim on Donald Trump's popular television series The Apprentice, Beverley Hills, CA
Joe Leonard, Executive Director of the National Black Leadership Forum, the umbrella organization for the major African American civil rights organizations, e.g., NAACP, National Urban League, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Action Network and Coalition for Black Civic Participation, Washington, D.C.
James Mtume, recording artist and Co-Host of Open Line on KISS-FM, the most widely listened to radio talk show in the greater New York/New Jersey/South Connecticut area, South Orange, NJ
Earrol Maitland, Community Affairs Department and Producer for Wake-Up Call, WBAI/Pacifica Broadcasting Network, New York, NY
Serge Parisien, a leading member of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH) and Coordinator of the Diaspora Re-connection Forum recently held in Haiti, Bronxville, NY
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Vice-Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus and Joseph Beasley, Southern Regional Coordinator of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition will join the delegation in Haiti.
Invited: Councilwoman Yvette Clarke, State Senator Kevin Parker and Rev. Herbert Daughtry.
For information contact: Jamil Debe, 917-566-3467
Mr. Debe will be at the terminal to direct press to the location of the press conference
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