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The U.S. Department of State will host the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, July 31–August 2, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Summit brings together 1,000 of Sub-Saharan Africa’s promising young leaders to meet and network with each other and U.S. government, private sector, and civil society representatives to build relationships that will expand U.S. organizations’ impact and reach on the continent. U.S. government officials, including from the Department of State and USAID, will provide remarks. The Summit follows six weeks of academic study and leadership development for the 1,000 Fellows at 38 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alumni of the Fellowship are playing a role in enhancing peace and security, spurring economic growth, and strengthening democratic institutions in the United States and Africa.

WHAT: Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit

WHEN: Mon., July 31 — Wed., Aug. 2

WHERE: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Fill out this online form to request credentials and receive a schedule of open-press events.

Credentialed media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government–issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX. For further information from the Department of State, please contact