I believe that the lessons of history are calling on the world's African peoples to unite. It is generally accepted that unity of purpose and pooling of the resources of people of African descent are the prerequisite for our social, technological, economic, and political development. I believe Jamii Forum is formed to promote such unity, from the standpoint that we are one family. Of course, all humankind is one family. As Africans, African-Americans, or peoples of African descent from the Caribbean, we are conjoined by common distinctive historical circumstances and conditions that create the potential for deep and mutually beneficial bonds. The African core bond that exists is a blood bond. Whatever part of the world we find ourselves at the present time, we can trace our roots to a common land and ancestry. We are a people that knows hardship. We have demonstrated to ourselves our resilience in the face of daunting challenges. Let our unity, our celebrated cultural diversity, our cooperation and progress be the pride of Africa. God Bless Africa. God bless Jamii Forum.