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International Travel For Professional Black Men As Professional Men of African Descent we must take the lead in addressing issues that affect our community and our culture. A re dedication of Professional Men of African Descent to the responsibilities associated with our heritage, families, professions and themselves. Initially the 1st travel event was initiated by certain members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for an informal national fraternal retreat. Over the past several years this successful event has evolved and expanded to include additional Afro-American Fraternities, other organizations associated with professional men of African Descent, and individual black professional men bonded together though friendships developed by way of professional and collegiate contact. Note, this is strictly a heterosexual group.


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The Mid-Atlantic Nupes Announce
A Celebration of Professional Men of African Descent
Annual International Retreat
In Rio DeJaneiro Brasil
January 15 -February 26, 2009


The Event:

A celebration of Professional Men of African Descent, a personal rededication to core principles, values and beliefs as well as a demonstration of shared self respect.

Mission Statement:

A rededication of Professional Men of African Descent to the responsibilities associated with our heritage, families, professions and themselves. An affirmation that black men should take personal responsibility for addressing instability and violence in black communities and for stabilizing the foundations of black culture.

To further illustrate some of the core principles, values and beliefs we will focus on during the retreat, lets return to the original ⿿Million Man March⿝, during which the following statements were made:

⿿....look at what is present here today. We have here those brothers with means and those who have no means. Those who are light and those who are dark. Those who are educated, those who are uneducated. Those who are business people, those who don't know anything about business. Those who are young, those who are old. Those who are scientific, those who know nothing of science. .... We've got them all here today.⿝

⿿....there's a social benefit of our gathering here today. That is, that from this day forward, we can never again see ourselves through the narrow eyes of the limitation of the boundaries of our own fraternal, civic, political, religious, street organization or professional organization. We are forced by the magnitude of what we see here today, that whenever you return to your cities and you see a Black man .... don't ask him what is your social, political or religious affiliation, or what is your status? Know that he is your brother.⿝

As Professional Men of African Descent we must take the lead in addressing issues that affect our community and our culture.

Background:

Initially the weekend was selected by certain members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for an informal national fraternal retreat. Over the past several years this successful event has evolved and expanded to include additional Afro-American Fraternities, other organizations associated with professional men of African Descent, and individual black professional men bonded together though friendships developed by way of professional and collegiate contact.

Location:

Why Brasil? Brasil was selected because of its Afro-Centric Roots. Brasil has the second highest percentage of African decedents of any country outside of the continent of Africa. Afro-Americans are welcomed in Brasil, not just tolerated. The remoteness of this location from the United States insures that the group will remain cohesive, focused and intact.

Rio deJaneiro is a major Metropolitan area where a variety of activities and numerous types of entertainment of interest to Afro-Americans can be found. (Brazilian Jazz, native dance and music, golf, swimming, hiking, hang gliding, water sports etc.) The major attractions that Rio de Janeiro offers, include: the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado Mountain), Sugar Loaf Mountain, Maracana Stadium, Floesta Da Tijuca (the rain forest national park), the Botanical Garden and Favela da Rocinha. Lesser know attractions include: Baia de Guanabara, bridge between Rio and Niteroi, and Parati. In addition there are upwards of 72 beaches in Rio de Janeiro; some of the more popular beaches are Ipanema, Copacabana, Leblon, and Barra da Tijuca.

Conditions / Limitations:

We wish to establish an alliance between diverse professional Afro-American males. We seek to bond. We seek to focus. We seek to rededicate ourselves, through reflection, through introspection and through self-examination. To accomplish these goals we seek to limit unnecessary distractions. To support the purpose of the Mission Statement for the Professional Men of African Descent⿿s First Annual International Retreat we strongly recommend that no children, spouses or significant others attend. (If you decide that you wish your family to experience Brasil and Rio deJaneiro, we urge you to please select another time period.)

Mid-Atlantic Nupes role:

The role of the Mid-Atlantic Nupes involves the dissemination of information, periodic updates, the collection of input from attendees for the Retreat agenda and general assistance with coordination (travel and accommodations). Additional information regarding the agenda and event dates, as well as other available cultural activities such as side tours to Bahia (center of Black culture in Brasil), Floesta Da Tijuca, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain will be forth coming. There will also be opportunities to visit the various Favelas, Rio⿿s impoverished areas.

Travel Information:

There is no ⿿official⿝ travel package. The practice in the past has been, once the activities and dates for the Retreat Agenda are confirmed, the groups of attendees are free to make there own arrangements for accommodations and air travel. Below you⿿ll find information and web-sites regarding companies and organizations that can provide passport and visa requirements as well as travel accommodations and airfare rates.

www.blameitonrio4travel.com, www.riorentals4less.com, http://www.BROL.COM, http://www.travisa.com

CIBT, INC. (Passport/Visa Service)
New York Office, 60 East 42nd Street
Suite 760, New York, NY 10165
Phone (212) 949-6340, (800) 929-2428
Fax (212) 949-6544
customerservice@cibt.com, Web Site http://www.expressvisa.com
Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm EST

Future Events:

The PMAD Planning Committee is currently considering future trips to South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Mozambique.

Questions:

For additional information or If you have questions please post with Travis DeKappa at this Group Forum Please provide your e-mail address and contact information with your message.

Prior events organized In Conjunction with:
Nupes In Rio
Back2Rio
Brazilian Greek Festival
Professional Afro Male Coalition
Cancun Jazz Festival
Pan-Hellenic International Committee
Mid-Atlantic Nupes