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Airlift to America

How Barack Obama, Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya, and 800 East African Students Changed Their World and Ours

by Tom Shachtman

Airlift to America by Tom Shachtman
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The Africa-America Institute
The work of the airlift organizers continues: The Africa-America Institute is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, non-profit organization with headquarters in New York, and offices in Washington, South Africa, and Mozambique. Founded in 1953, AAI's mission is to promote enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training, and dialogue.

The Institute pursues its mission in two program areas: African Higher Education and Training (AHET) and Educational Outreach and Policy (EOP) which aim to educate Africans and educate Americans about Africa.

AAI scholarships have assisted Africans to complete college, graduate-level, and professional training in fundamental capacity-building fields including agriculture, business and finance, education, government, health care, science, and technology. AAI's programs yield tangible results—since its establishment approximately 90% of AAI's alumni have returned to Africa to become business and political leaders, entrepreneurs, health-care workers, and educators increasing Africa's capacity and building the foundation for African development.

To learn more, visit: aaionline.org

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