Joseph C. Kennedy

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Joseph C. Kennedy "has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University." [1]

"As senior vice president, Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy directed Africare's international programs from the founding in 1971 until his retirement in early 1999; currently, Kennedy is secretary of the Africare Board of Directors." [2]

"In 1960 Dr Joseph C. Kennedy traveled to West Africa to conduct his ground breaking study of the West Africans attitude toward the world; it was the first of its kind. In 1970 he co-founded Aficare, an organization dedicated to giving humanitarian aid to countless African nations, long before Africa was in the spotlight that it is today. Over the course of its history, Africare has become a leader among private, charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa. It is the oldest and largest African-American organization in the field. Dr. Kennedy is in the rank of African Americans like Dubois, St. Clair Drake and Alex Haley who where among the first to seek to connect Africa with African Americans." [3]

Speaking in 1997, Kennedy noted that "Funding for these programs come from a number of sources in the United States - the Agency for International Development, foundations, churches, the business community, thousands of individuals. Support also comes from the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, WHO, UNICEF, the World Food Program. Additionally Africare receives support from Canada, several European countries and the African governments themselves." [4]