Kick box Champ Seeks to take the Gauntlet of Dr. King to Africa





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Published on Jan 15, 2012

5 Time World Karate Kickboxing champion Anthony "Amp" Elmore of Memphis had plans to be in Nairobi, Kenya January 2012 to honor and celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King mentioned Nairobi, Kenya in his last speech in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. Dr. King was a member of the organization A.C.O.A "American Committee On Africa". Dr. King served as the groups chairman in 1957 fighting against apartheid in South Africa. Elmore insists;" we must take the gauntlet of Dr. King to Africa."(Kenya)
Elmore traveled to Kenya in 1990 to premier his movie "The Contemporary Gladiator." While on Safari in Kenya, Elmore experienced a "Spiritual Revelation." Elmore says he encountered the spirit of his "African Ancestors." In a revelation to him Elmore vowed to tell African Americans to come home to Africa. Elmore felt as if he had communicated with Dr. King and Kenyan leader Tom Mboya who got Obama Sr. to America. Elmore vowed to pick up the Gauntlet of both Dr. King and Mboya. Elmore believes close family and community will improve our nations.

Elmore returned from Kenya in 1990 with a mission for Africa. For over a decade Elmore took groups to Kenya. In 1992 Elmore met Kenya President Daniel Arap Moi. President Moi called Elmore an African Ambassador. The spirit of Africa encompassed Elmore. Elmore married a Kenya woman and he developed and promoted many aspects of African culture in America. Elmore got Kenya honored in its Memphis Africa in April celebration in 2003. Elmore's special guest was Kenya's minister of Tourism Najib Balala. In 1998 Elmore traveled to Accra, Ghana, he entered the African Import business becoming an African designer. Elmore designed the 1st "All African Home in America." In 2009 Elmore designed an African styled tuxedo for President Obama that was accepted by the White House; President Obama sent Elmore a thank you note. See video www.safarihousemuseum.com .

In 2007 Elmore gained the attention of Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen. Congressman Cohen supported Elmore's efforts and he mentioned Elmore's work on the floor of Congress in 2009. Elmore believes that it was his influence that motivated Congressman Cohen to take an interest in Africa. The Congressman has visited 10 African Countries. In 2010 Elmore with Congressman Cohen visited with Embassies of Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana. Former Kenya Ambassador Peter Ogego expressed enthusiasm regarding Elmore's interest for Kenya. Ambassador Ogego promised Elmore his support; however he was replaced a few months after meeting with Elmore and Congressman Steve Cohen. Elmore desires to build a relationship with Kenya Ambassador Elkanah Odembo.

Elmore's 22 years of dedication regarding African causes makes him one of the most knowlegible African Americans in the world regarding understanding African and African/American relationships. African/Americans spend 44 billion a year on travel and Africa gets very little of the African/American dollars. Elmore understands that Africa has not put in place "Cultural Pathways" to gain African /American support. Elmore wants to introduce the idea of "Cultural Pathways "to the Republic of Kenya. Elmore wrote a plan called Memphis 21st Century that opens trade, social and economic relationships between Kenya and Memphis. Elmore's passion is to honor Dr. King's legacy via taking the Gauntlet of Dr. King to Kenya and all of Africa. Elmore desires to launch a comprehensive plan called the "Safari Initiative." One Acronym for Safari is; "Style African Family Application Renaissance Initiative." The Safari Initiative calls for a 2015 homecoming celebration in Kenya whereas Kenya will honor African Americans with a historic "State Reception". Elmore posted a video on YouTube called the "Safari Homecoming Celebration Video." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiWQ7r... Elmore finds dealing with Kenya Embassy as "Challenging" and he asks Ambassador Odembo to join in the spirit of Kenya's Harambee. Elmore asked Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen to write a letter to the Kenyan Embassy on his behalf.

Understanding the importance of family and our nation Elmore created a 10 minute video and Elmore is praying that the Whitehouse will quietly call leaders in Kenya to support the noble idea of uniting family. See Video on You Tube http://youtu.be/egoilLbRf6k . Elmore desired to address the Kenyan Parliament. Also Elmore desires to meet with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and invite him to Memphis to honor Dr. King. Elmore want to let President Obama know that the Safari Initiative can create jobs in both Africa and America. African Americans have double the unemployment and President Obama can help to implement our jobs program and family program. To reach Anthony "Amp" Elmore at via email address anthony@elmorecarpets.com . For complete detail information visit the website www.safarihousemuseum.com


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