Robert De Niro, “12 Years a Slave” actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and “Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba are among the guests poised to dine Tuesday night at the White House’s Africa Summit dinner.
De Niro was recently in Washington for May’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The legendary entertainer’s wife, Grace Hightower, recently launched a fair-trade coffee company with beans grown by Rwandan farmers.
The official list of attendees sent out by the White House includes former President Carter, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) and current Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), along with an extensive list of Democratic lawmakers.
Among the members of Congress who made the cut: Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), Al Green (D-Texas), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Bobby Rush (D-Ga.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Dels. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands); and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).
All of those members are Democrats except for Royce and Smith, who is chairman of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee in the House. Isakson, a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs panel who has sponsored legislation to help provide electricity to African communities, is the only Republican senator attending the dinner.
Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, along with Essence Editor in Chief Vanessa Bush are also slated to attend.
Lionel Richie will perform at the dinner for African leaders.
—Justin Sink contributed.
This post was updated and corrected at 10:11 p.m.