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How important are the presidential elections to members of the African community in the U.S.? Will they cast their vote come this November?

The Voice of America presents a panel discussion on the role of the African diaspora in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

Welcoming remarks by:

Negussie Mengesha, VOA Africa Division Director

Opening remarks by:

Amanda Bennett, VOA Director

Moderated by:

Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, VOA Zimbabwe Service Chief

Panelists will include:

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Founder, President, & Chairman of the Board of UPAC (United People for African Congress), Campaign Manager, Community Activist

Nii Akuetteh, Activist & Executive Director of AIC (African Immigrants Caucus)

Dr. Menna Demessie, Vice President of Policy and Research for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Please arrive by 9:30 am, as the discussion will begin promptly at 10:00 am

Voice of America - Cohen Building

Briefing Room #1528A

330 Independence Ave SW

Washington, D.C. 20237

(Enter through the C St. entrance)

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 28 to:

Photo ID is required. The Department of Homeland Security requires a U.S. issued driver's license or a U.S./foreign passport for entry to a federal facility.

The Voice of America invites you to a panel discussion:

Being Young and Muslim in America

What are the social challenges facing Muslim Millennials in the United States? The transition to Western culture has not been difficult for most, but some have resisted and found themselves vulnerable to conflicting points of view, particularly online. We'll explore why.

A question and answer session, hosted by Akmal Dawi, Digital Managing Editor of VOA's Afghanistan Service, will follow the one-hour discussion.

Panelists will include:

Oya Rose Aktas, a recent college graduate of Turkish background living in Washington, D.C​

Mohamed Hussein, Executive Director, Somali American Youth Foundation

Morsal Mohamad, President, Afghan Students Association, The George Washington University

Othman Altalib, Board Member, Adams Center, Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Please arrive by 9:30 am, as the discussion will begin promptly at 10:00 am


555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

Please enter through the C and 6th street entrance

Please RSVP by 4 pm on Monday, June 27 to:

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