Randy Fisher, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council; Senator Eric Schneiderman; Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson; and Charles Fisher, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council of Queens and Harlem.
The Akwamu Traditional Council in the Eastern Region of Ghana enstooled Senator Hassell-Thompson as their Mpuntuhemaa (Queenmother for Development). Her enstoolment as Mpuntuhemaa was to bring development to the people of Akwamu, taking into high consideration, children's education and the area at large. Ms Hassell-Thompson was given the stool name Nana Addobea. The following are pictures of her visit, the official ceremony and the wonderful people she encountered while in Ghana. (July 2007)
State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, left, and the Revs. Al Sharpton and W. Franklyn Richardson participate during a panel discussion on law enforcement and community relations at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. (Mark Vergari/The Journal News)