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A Reception in Honor of Representative Charles Rangel

On November 15, 2016, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the African Union Mission to the United States hosted a special event to honor and recognize the service of the Honorable Charles Rangel (D-NY), upon his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives following 45 years of consecutive service. The event was attended by several members of Congress, senior African and U.S. officials, as well as many supporters and friends of Africa.  The speakers applauded Representative Rangel for invaluable contributions to the enduring partnership between the United States of America and Africa, and to the continent’s development and prosperity, including as one of the chief architects of the African Growth and Opportunity Act; his leadership on the Rangel Amendment which was key to the dismantlement of apartheid, his commitment to freedom and human rights, and his continuing efforts to strengthen U.S.-Africa relations. The African Union presented an award to Representative in honor of his contributions to the U.S.-Africa partnership.

A Reception in Honor of Representative Charles Rangel


  • The Honorable Charles Rangel

    Representative from New York's 13th District and Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Joint Committee on Taxation
  • The Honorable Ed Royce

    Representative from California's 39th District and Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • The Honorable Karen Bass

    Representative from California’s 37th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives & Ranking Minority Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
  • H.E. Tete Antonio

    Permanent Representative of the African Union to the United Nations
  • H.E. Serge Mombouli

    Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to the United States and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps
  • H.E. Mninwa Mahlangu

    Ambassador of South Africa to the United States
  • Mr. Tarek Ben Youssef

    Chargé d’Affaires a.i of the African Union Mission to the United States
  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Monde Muyangwa

    Africa Program Director