Val-Kill Welcomes H.E. President Mahama of
The Republic of Ghana for Human Rights Day
Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, in collaboration with Bard College, were thrilled to welcome His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama for an historic visit to Val-Kill for Human Rights Day this week. PresidentMahama was the first African head of state to visit Val-Kill since Eleanor Roosevelt's time.
His Excellency toured Eleanor's beloved home, where he gave an interview to CNN's Christiane Amapour with reflections on his icon Nelson Mandela, which can be viewed here:
In addition, His Excellency recorded a tribute at Val-Kill for the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and Eleanor's continued influence in Africa today, for a student program at Val-Kill on December 10th. Students from Bard College, Red Hook High School's Model UN program, and the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites adopted 2016 class from Shaker Junior High Schhol in Latham, NY, participated in the program with a keynote by The Honourable Nana Oye Lithur, Ghana's Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection entitled: "The Gendered Rise of Africa: Interrogating Our Past, Reflecting on Our Future."
President Mahama's visit was part of a new collaboration with Bard College, where His Excellency headed the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum earlier in the week.
For additional press, please see: Visit links 2 human rights icons: Mandela, Eleanor Roosevelt in the Poughkeepsie Journal.