Melissa Harris-Perry, host of her own popular weekend morning news and politics show on MSNBC, gave special emphasis in last Sunday’s program to stories linked to Africa. The topics ranged from the ongoing fighting along the Sudan-South Sudan border, the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and the complicated relationship between Africa and the Americas. Enough Project Research Director Mark Quarterman was on hand in the studio to offer commentary for the latter two discussions, and videos of those segments are available below.
Harris-Perry was also joined yesterday by Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was formerly a member of the House Subcommittee on Africa; supermodel and activist Alek Wek; and New York University professor Michael Ralph.
In the first video, Harris-Perry raises the question of the involvement of the African-American community in advocacy efforts focused on Africa, and Quarterman offers some historical perspective on the role of African-Americans in anti-Apartheid activism:
In the second, guests discuss the effort to combat the sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS epidemic: