Stetson Block Party with Obama's Young African Leaders

On July 9th, twenty-five, dynamic young African business leaders (click here to read about them) joined hundreds of New Haven residents for an afternoon of food, music and community at the city’s Stetson Branch Library. It was a full on hot summer block party, complete with barbeque, iced tea, sidewalk chalk, plenty of dancing and folks making cross-continent connections.

And it was just sweet enough, apparently, to get a mention from President Obama himself during his Town Hall meeting with all 500 Young African Leaders in DC. Watch it here.

Missed the party? Sad for you! But there are plenty of photos and local news coverage to go around. It’ll be just like you were there, without the saucy ribs.  

Check out ALL THE media coverage here:

Twenty-five of President Obama’s Young African Leaders study at Yale this summer

An app that helps doctors keep in touch with patients in Uganda, another that helps teachers keep up with technology in Zambia, and a website that tells the stories of Rwandan genocide survivors. These are just some of the businesses that have been developed by a group of young African entrepreneurs, sought out by President Obama.”

Cashmere and Taurai Network

“There young New Haveners—many with an entrepreneurial spirit and wanderlust for the world like LEAP counselor Cashmere—met two dozen African leaders and entrepreneurs between ages 25 and 35.”

More than a Block Party: In New Haven, Africa’s Young Leaders bring their talents to Yale

“It looked like a neighborhood block party behind the Stetson Branch Library, and it was, but among the dancers and diners were 25 of Africa’s up-and-coming young leaders.”

ANd plenty of photos: 

From our friends at I Love New Haven… 

The New Haven Register…

and Yale photographer Michael Marsland

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