Angolan President JoseEduardo Do Santos
Angolan President Honored by Charles Drew U and the Africa Society
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Washington, D.C.-based Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa will honor Angolan President Eduardo dos Santos at the first annual "Embrace Africa & America" dinner on October 2.
The gala evening at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive in Los Angeles, will begin with a reception at 6:30 P.M. followed by dinner at 7:30 P.m.
Prior to the event, Charles Drew University will present President dos Santos an honorary doctorate, which will be accepted in his honor by Angolan Ambassador Josefina Pitra Diakte, a featured guest at the dinner.
"President Eduardo dos Santos is a role model for us all," said retired Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. "He was an early leader in the national movement to free Angola from oppression and since then he has lead his nation on an independent course, both politically and economically. "
Since 2001, Charles Drew University, as part of its mission of service, has worked closely with the Angola government to help the young nation address problems of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said Dymally, who heads the University's Urban Health Institute.