Lessons from the African American Experience
To mark African American History month in February, U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar to Singapore will speak about the enormous impact of African Americans on U.S. history, culture and society. A firm belief in social justice fueled the U.S. civil rights movement and remade America but recent events show much progress needs to be made. Around the world and in Asia, ethnic divisions and cultural differences cause strife and violence. The Ambassador will discuss how lessons learned from African American history can help guide these difficult conversations and show societies a path forward.
ABOUT AMBASSADOR KIRK WAGAR
Kirk Wagar was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore on September 4, 2013.
He served in two capacities at the Export Import Bank of the United States - Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee (2010); Advisory Committee (2011, 2012). Mr. Wagar served as the Florida Finance Chair for President Obama from January 2007 until 2012 and served as the Florida Finance Chairman of the Democratic National Committee for John Kerry’s Campaign (2004). He also served as a Trustee of the Inaugural Committee in both 2009 and 2013. He was a member on the Board for the American Association for Justice (2002 – 2013) and a member of the Board for the Florida Justice Association (1997 – 2013). Mr. Wagar served on the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association (parent of the NMUN and an NGO of the United Nations) from 1994-1998. He was Managing Partner of Wagar Law, a Miami-based law firm that represents in contract and insurance litigation.
Mr. Wagar received a B.A. from Roberts Wesleyan College and a J.D. from the University of Miami.