Washington, DC, February 24 –26, 2004


The Afro-Colombian cultural week will take place between the February 24 and 26, 2004 in Washington, DC. The Embassy of Colombia and the Afro-Latino Development Alliance are the organizers of these activities with the sponsorship of the Afro-Colombian Mayors Association, Afro-Colombian Congressional Caucus, Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, USAID, and several Members of the United States Congress. During this week, Afro-Colombian artists, social advocates, scholars, entertainers, athletes and Business people will discuss their experience and contribution in the building of the Colombian nation. The week will consist of a symposium at Capitol Hill, and different academic activities, and cultural performances


  Tuesday, February 24, 2004

9:30 am – 5:30 pm: Symposium at Capitol Hill


Agriculture Committee

1300 Longworth House Building, Washington, DC


9:30 am – 9:50 am – Opening remarks

  Honorable Rep. Elijah Cummings – CBC Chair

  Honorable Rep. Albert Wynn

  Honorable Colombian Ambassador Luis Alberto Moreno


9:50 am – 10:20 am Opening session

  Honorable Piedad Cordoba Ruiz – Colombian Senator

  Dr. John Sanbraillo – Executive Director PADF

  Dr. Kathryn Wolford – President Lutheran World Relief

  Dr. Maya Rockeymoore – Vice President CBC Foundation - Moderator


10:20 am – 11:10 am First panel: Central policy issues of Afro-Colombian Communities

  Mr. Marino Cordoba - International Affairs Coordinator

  National Association of Afro-Colombian Displaced Persons - AFRODES

  Mr. Hugo Tovar - Director

  Afro-Colombian Student Network - AFRORED

  Dr. Norma Jackson - International Program Director

  Benedict College, NC

  Rosa Carlina Garcia - Policy Advisor

  National Association of Afro-Colombian Women - AMUAFRO

  Mrs. Cristina Espinel - Co-Chair

  Colombia Human Rights Committee



11:10 am – 11:20 am Break


11:20 am – 12:30 pm Second panel: US policy toward Colombia and the Afro-Colombians

  Mr. Adam Isacson - Colombia Program Director

  Center for International Policy - CIP

  Mr. Oscar Gamboa - International Affairs Director

  Afro-Colombian Mayor’s Federation

  Mr. Peter DeShazo - US Department of State

  Mr. Adolfo Franco - Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean

  US Agency for International Development - USAID

  Honorable Rep. Donald Payne - International Relations Committee –

  US House of Representatives

  Mr. George Dalley - Chief Staff

  Rep. Charles Rangel Office



Energy and Commerce Committee

2218 Rayburn House Building, Washington, DC


12:30 pm – 1:40 pm Lunch discussion

  Statements by:

  Honorable Rep. Julio Gallardo

  Honorable Rep. Bobby Rush

  Honorable Rep. Barbara Lee

  Honorable Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

  Honorable Rep. William J. Jefferson

  Honorable Rep. James Clyburn

  Honorable Rep. Edgar Torres, Vice President of the Colombian House of Representative

  Honorable Rep. John Conyers

  Yul Edwards – President of the Congressional Black Associates



1:40 pm – 2:00 pm Cultural performance- Grupo Pasos por Colombia


2:00 pm – 2:50 pm Third panel: Local governments and Afro-Colombian policy issues

  Honorable Apolinar Salcedo - Mayor – City of Cali

  Honorable Julio Ibarguen - Governor – Department of El Choco

  Dr. Mischa Thompson - Foreign Policy Advisor -Rep. Gregory Meeks Office

  Mr. Pastor Murillo - Advisor – Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations



2:50 pm – 3:00 pm Break


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Fourth panel: Afro-Colombian culture, entertainment, and sport

  Ms. Aura Hurtado - Cultural Director - Pasos por Colombia

  Ms. Armelys Garcia - Miss Afro-Colombia 2003 -

  Mrs. Vanessa Mendoza - The first Black Miss Colombia - 2001

  Honorable Willington Ortiz - Member of the Colombian Congress

  Honorable Rep. Maria Isabel Urrutia - Member of Colombian Congress

  Mr. Roberto Asprilla - Executive Director – Afro-Latino Development Alliance



4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Closing session – Where do we go from here?

  Mrs. Martha Chaverra - Afro- Colombian Policy Advisor - Colombian Ministry of Interior

  Mr. Peter Hakim - President -Inter-American dialogue

  Mrs. Lauri Fitz-Pegado - Livingston Group

  Mrs. Lisa Hugaard - Executive Director - Latin America Working Group – LAWG

  Mr. Luis Gilberto Murillo - US – Colombia Policy Coordinator - Lutheran World Relief



5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Closing remarks

  Honorable Juan Carlos Martinez - Colombian Senator

  Honorable Rep. Robert Menendez - US House of Representatives

  Honorable Rep. Charles Rangel -US House of Representatives


Wednesday, February 25, 2004

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Cultural performance at Howard University: Afro-Colombian folklore group: Pasos por Colombia

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Symposium at Georgetown University’s Colombia Program with the participation of Colombian Mayors, Governors, and members of Congress

Intercultural Center – ICC, 7th Floor

Conference Room

School of International Service

Georgetown University

37th & O Streets, NW

Washington, DC 20057.


Thursday, February 26, 2004


11 am – 1 pm - Symposium at Howard University with the participation of Afro-Colombian public officials, civil society leaders, and presidents of the Afro-Colombian Universities


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Cultural performance at Georgetown University: Afro-Colombian folklore group: Pasos por Colombia

Copley Formal Lounge,

Georgetown University

37th & O Streets, NW

Washington DC 20057.