Accra, Dec. 02, GNA- The National Black Caucus of State Legislators of the United States Congress (NBCSL), has presented President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with the first ever International Nation Builders Award of the Caucus.

 

The award was in recognition of President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to pan-Africanism and his outstanding initiative in creating incentives for Americans of black descent, and indeed the African diaspora, to participate in the development of Ghana.

 

Presenting the award to President Akufo-Addo at the 45th Annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators in Atlanta, Georgia, Congressman Billy Mitchell, the President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators of the United States Congress, explained that the “Nation Builders Award” was established “to recognize those African-Americans who have distinguished themselves to life-long service and dedication to enfranchisement and inclusion, for your commitment to working collaboratively to achieve the liberation of African people despite where we were born into the national body of politics.”

 

Congressman Mitchell said the nation builder’s award ceremony was renamed in 1995 to honour the late David P. Richardson, a twenty-three-year member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and NBCSL’s third President.

 

“I must say as the President of NBCSL, it is my belief, that we must unite and partner with our brothers and sisters of the continent and throughout diaspora. It is not lost on me that Ghana is widely regarded as the hub of pan-Africanism and the final resting place of many of our great thinkers, yes, even W.E.B. Du Bois,” he said.

 

Congressman Mitchell who described himself as “a student of Kwame Nkrumah, ” said, “I know we are stronger together and when we unite and advance the causes of our people, internationally, we are all better.”

 

“It is for this reason I present to you this award Mr. President, for your commitment to working collaboratively to achieve the liberation of African people despite where we were born. Mr. President, I present to you, the first International Nation Builders Award of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators,” he added.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

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