Operation Crossroads Africa Celebrates 60 Years of Serving the Community
OCA was founded in 1958 by Dr. James H. Robinson, as he had a vision of building friendships with North America and Africa. The programs of Operation Crossroads Africa are designed to promote understanding of Africa and the African Diaspora based on the belief that one can truly enter another culture only by living and working in it. Called the "Progenitor of the Peace Corps" by President John F. Kennedy, Operation Crossroads Africa has sent over 12,000 persons in the last 58 summers to more than 40 African countries, 12 Caribbean countries, and Brazil in pursuit of its goals. In addition, some of the notable Alumni from Operation Crossroads Africa include Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marion Wright Edelman, Robert D. Hormats, Ambassador James A. Joseph and many more.
"In creating Operation Crossroads Africa, Dr. Robinson wanted to bring people together for mutual enlightenment. He believed that while doing some good that people could also become better at being human beings. Over the last sixty years, Operation Crossroads Africa has never wavered in its commitment to diversity and inclusiveness." states Willis Logan, Program Coordinator of OCA.
The OCA organization and Board of Directors humbled and grateful that they have not only continued to thrive for 60 years, but they also survived. Throughout the 60 years of existing there have been many world changes, but OCA has continued to stay dedicated to its mission.
Agenda for the Day:
10:00 AM-12:30 PM Program of Remembrance and Affirmation
(Open to the public for all ages who have a love and interest in Africa)
1:00-6:00 PM African Feast
Tickets are $50 per person which include food and festivities. To purchase your tickets or to donate, please visit http://operationcrossroadsafrica.eventbrite.com/
To stay connected with OCA, donate or to volunteer, please visit www.operationcrossroadsafrica.org. If you're a media outlet interested in interviewing the 60th Anniversary or to speak with Willis Logan, please send inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.