about us

Our mission is to engage and educate Americans about the countries of Africa and to create a better understanding of its people, diverse cultures, histories, and economies in order to create mutually beneficial partnerships across the fields of business, policy, arts, culture, and education.


who are we

The Africa Society is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan and diverse organization formed as a direct outgrowth of the National Summit on Africa, which launched in 1997 with grant support from Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Of New York. This initiative resulted in the largest mobilization of Africa-based interested individuals in the history of the U.S with delegations from every state and territory. After contemplating how best to meet the needs and demands of nearly 20,000 constituents, the Summit’s board of Directors and Secretariat  voted to establish an organization devoted to educating Americans of all backgrounds, ages, and statuses about the continent of Africa



In our eighty years of existence, we have worked to reach our educational goals while simultaneously providing strategic and crucial information to policymakers and stakeholders in an effort to stimulate constructive action for socio-economic growth in Africa. Our mission thus offers an exceptional channel in their local communities and larger globalized world, a world that we hope will become progressively egalitarian, equitable, and peaceful. The Africa Society is open to both Americans and continental Africans of all races, cultures, ages, and points of view.

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