The First Lady of Niger,Her Excellency Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, adresses a gathering at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King on May 19th at The King Center's Freedom Hall Complex in Atlanta, as Dr. and Mrs. King's daughter, King Center CEO Bernice King (at right) and a translator look on. the First Lady, a chemist, is also an ardent admirer of Dr and Mrs. King, as well as an impassioned advocate of nonviolence. Her visit to The King Center was a priority of her trip to the U.S., where she is seeking support for those who are suffering from poor health care, famine and poverty in Africa and the developing world.
King Center CEO Bernice King with Niger's First Lady, Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou under a poster of a U.S. postage stamp honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the atrium of The King Center's APA buiilding.
King Center CEO Bernice King accepts plaque bearing crucifix symbols from the Tuareg people of Niger from First Lady Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, in front of poster of Coretta Scott King and her sister Mrs. Edythe Scott Bagley. The message included with the crucifixes translates as "God is at the center of all the universe and no matter where you are, he will protect you."
King Center CEO Bernice King and Niger's First Lady Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou pose for photographers in front of marketing display for "Desert Rose," a new biography of Coretta Scott King by her sister, Mrs. Edythe Scott Bagley at The King Center's Book Store and Information Facility.
Niger's First lady Mrs. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou and King Center CEO, along with members of the First Lady's staff, meet with King Center CEO Bernice King at The King Center's Freedom Plaza.