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2013 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo Steering Committee Members

Honorary Co-Chairs:

Joe Mr. Joe Beasley - Civil Rights Leader and International Humanitarian, Founder / CEO of Joe Beasley Foundation Naomi Ms. Naomi King - Co-Founder of AD King Foundation, Sister-in-Law of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Rep. Roberto Salaam - State Representative for Riverdale, Ga.

Coach Rev. Kenneth Woods - Chaplain, Motivational Speaker/Consultant, Life Coach - Professional Athletes, etc.


Chike Akua - founder of Imani Enterprises, education management consultant and leading authority on youth empowerment


Rep. Tonya P. Anderson - District 92 (DeKalb County, City of Lithonia and Parts of Rockdale County)

Willie Burns - Former Mayor of Washington, Ga. president of Georgia conference of black mayors

Al Chestnut - Musician and leader of "Stop the Violence" Campaign Movement

Sojourner Marable Grimmett- Assistant director, Student Access Programs and Services at Southern Regional Education Board, daughter of late scholar/national activist the late Dr. Manning Marable

Kwanzaa Hall - City Councilman in Atlanta and former Atlanta mayoral candidate

Patsy Hilliard - former Mayor of East Point and wife of the noted late Pan-African historian Dr. Asa Hilliard

Dan Moore - Founder/ President of Atlanta's Historical Apex Museum

Valerie Morgan - Publisher of "On Common Ground" Newspaper in Atlanta

Ogo Sow - Founder/ President of OGo Sow Communications, African Culture Ambassador and Co-founder of

Program Consultants

Diane Cameron, Progams Consultant Coordinator - Founder and President of Cameron Media Creations, African conference coordinator, and international cultural recording and performing artist. (

Helen Butler – Director of Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda convened by Dr. Joseph Lowery

Maxine Esdaille - President and Chairman of African Diaspora Heritage Trails Foundation

Rev. Eugene Franklin – Director of National Cultural Heritage Center

Abdoul Aziz Gueye - Director of the Senegal Government Tourist Office

Alvin Fagin – Publisher of Our Heritage Magazine

Dr. Gaynelle Henderson - President of Henderson Travel Services

Betty Jones – Co-founder and CEO of Travel Professionals of Color

Cassandra Shields – Founder of Books Ave Literary Company

Dr. Deborah Johnson-Simon - President of the Center for the Study of African and African Diaspora Museums

Paula Royster - Founder/CEO of The Center For African American Genealogical Research, Inc