n African Renaissance - Explaining President Barack Obama's first visit to Africa (Egypt) : three phenomena of Africa and Africans as the core of U.S.-Arab / Muslim relations

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


On June 4, 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a highly anticipated speech on U.S.-Arab / Muslim relations in Egypt, Africa. The selection of Egypt as the venue for a speech that was planned for many months, was a strategic one. Why Africa? Why Egypt? To answer those questions, I have come up with three phenomena that I think are crucial to that decision. The first phenomenon is that geographically, Africa has been the land where the vast majority of all Arabs in the world reside. The second phenomenon is that in 2001 and in 2009, Africa is the only continent on the planet where Muslims comprise the highest proportion among all types of world and African religions. The third phenomenon is the positive legacy of peace for Africans in Africa and people of African descent all over the world bequeathed by three individuals I call "The Three Wise Black Men" : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Each of these three great wise Black men won a Nobel Peace Prize. It is useful to note that I could have chosen countless other Black male and female leaders and explain how they too have contributed to world peace. So this particular paper is only focusing on these three Black male leaders because of their direct connections to current events. Let us now briefly go over each of these three phenomena.

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