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A nation's culture resides in the hearts and the soul of its people.

- Mohandas Gandhi

An Australian First

The first African-American family to live on the continent of Australia.

From 1973 through 1974, Dr. James Scott Kennedy and Janie Sykes-Kennedy were invited by Australia's Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam to introduce new concepts of African-American and African people to that continent. As Fulbright scholars based at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, they used positive image-building techniques through theater, radio and other art forms. The Kennedys were the first African-American family to live on the continent of Australia.

 

While in Australia, they were asked by students of the first Aboriginal Leadership Training Program at the Institute of Technology if they would teach them and later the government-run program officially hired the Kennedys to teach courses in leadership training. They also taught at the first Aboriginal college and worked as producers for the Papua, New Guinea Independence Arts Festival in 1973.

 

James Scott Kennedy, Jr., Sheila Kennedy and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy all went to school in Adelaide.