Dr. Bob Ingram Kicks-off a Miami-Dade/Africa Sister-School
and Student Exchange Program
at Town Hall Meeting


January 31, 2002
For Immediate Release
Contact: Suzanne Matthews
Fax: 305-995-2722

On Friday January 30th, 2002, Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Robert B. Ingram hosted a town hall meeting to address the importance of establishing an Africa Sister-School Partnership and student exchange program with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The objective of this initiative is to create an enabling environment that allows students in Miami-Dade County school district to develop an appreciation for African culture. The meeting featured a community panel of educators that included Dr. Albert Smith, President Florida Memorial College, Prof. Joseph McNair, Miami-Dade Community College, Mr. John Doyle MDCPS, Dr. Romain Dallamand, Community Activists Adora Obi Nweze, Chief Udo Kalu Ukpai, Mr. Charles Ogugua, Dr. Gershwin Blyden, and Business Leaders Mr. T. Willard Fair, Col. B. Hartley and Mr. Dwayne Wynn of the Afro-Caribbean Trading Group. Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Solomon C. Stinson moderated the panel discussion. Dr. Naomi Tutu, coordinator of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University was the invited guest speaker. In her remarks she affirmed that “we must not be shortsighted by the economic and historical significance of this initiative, but capture the holistic value of this partnership to our students and our world.”

The Town Hall meeting was held at Miami Carol City Senior High School. The Carol City feeder pattern has been designated as pilot for this initiative. The community is invited to participate in this educational endeavor.

For more information on this Miami-Dade/Africa Sister-School partnership and Student Exchange program, please contact 305-995-1340.

To contact Dr. Ingram, please call 305-995-1340 or e-mail