A group of students and professors from North Carolina A&T State University, traveled to the Johannesburg, South Africa in May, to participate in the African Presidential Roundtable.

The annual event is organized by the African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC) at Boston University under the leadership of Ambassador Charles Stith. Representatives from across Africa and the United States including former heads of state, ambassadors, business owners, non-governmental organizations and universities, all met to have a series of roundtable discussions around this year’s theme: "21st Century Energy Agenda for Africa.”

Discussion topics included "Africa’s Energy Profile,” “Africa’s Energy Potential: Its Needs and the World’s,” and “African Strategies for Energy Self-Sufficiency." Former African heads of state President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. President Nicephore Soglo of Benin, President Amani Karume of Zanzibar, Rupiah Banda of Zambia, President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria were all on hand for the policy panels and to discuss public policy, social development, and leadership in Africa at dinners and receptions.

The N.C. A&T delegation was organized by DeWayne Wickham, interim chairman of the department of journalism and mass communications. The group was led by political science and criminal justice professor James Daniel Steele. Other members of the delegation included Linda Florence Callahan, professor of journalism and mass communication (JOMC) and JOMC students Kelsey Fair, Shawn Jackson, Khalil Lewis and Deryck Nicholson. Ms. Fair was chosen by the American student delegates to provide remarks on the importance of the roundtable from their view at the APARC closing dinner.

While in South Africa, delegates toured historic sites in Johannesburg and Soweto which represent the amazing development of South Africa and the work that remains.

En route to the conference, the group took advantage of an extended layover and took a walking tour of the Old City, a cruise along Lake Zurich and a stroll along Bahnhoffstrasse in Zurich, Switzerland.