Dakar-Plateau, Senegal - Pasadena Sister Cities Subcommittee
The Dakar Planning Committee was comprised of various individuals and leaders from the community committed to the implementing the brainchild of then Vice Mayor Kennedy. In 2018, under the leadership of Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy, a Pasadena delegation visited Dakar-Plateau and enjoyed 10 days of African hospitality—Teranga. Upon the delegation's return, a proposal of Sister City affiliation with Dakar-Plateau was prepared for the Pasadena City Council’s consideration and, on August 27, 2018, the Council unanimously approved Dakar-Plateau as Pasadena’s first African Sister City. Nine months later, the official agreement was signed by Mayors Tornek and Ndoye in the Council Chambers of Pasadena City Hall during an historic visit by the eight-member Senegalese delegation from June 13-22, 2019.
Mayors Signing the African Sister Cities Agreement
This was a historic moment for the City of Pasadena. Our first Africa Sister Cities as a direct result of then Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy. we will forever remember and be grateful.
Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower's 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world.