Congolese President visits Atlanta


On Friday, September 27, 2019 the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation welcomed Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, First Lady Denise Tshisekedi and their delegation (22) on their first visit to the city of Atlanta.  Their first stop was to The King Center as requested by President Tshisekedi himself. The King Library and Archives is the largest repository of primary source materials in the world about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement.  Mr. Martin Luther King, III welcomed the delegation to the King Center and President Tshisekedi and the First Lady placed a wreath at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Mr. King provided a private tour of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Freedom Hall for the official visitors.

That night Dikembe and Rose hosted President Tshisekedi, the First Lady and the entire delegation for dinner at their home.  President Tshisekedi said that he is pleased with the work of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and his administration will explore ways in which we can work together in the DRC.

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, Dikembe accompanied the entire delegation to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) where they discussed the Ebola outbreak in the DRC and other important health related issues. Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of CDC led the 3 hour meeting. On Sunday afternoon, President Tshisekedi spoke to a cheering crowd of over 500 Congolese people living in Atlanta who had gathered inside the Cobb Galleria to hear remarks from the DRC’s new President before his departure.

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