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We are a coalition that continues to build relationships with governments to bridge an alliance with the diaspora of Africa.

We execute our plan using E-Commerce to connect African Americans and the people of the African Union in a debt restructuring plan.

Released at the Africa Union E-Commerce Conference, 23 – 25 July 2018, Nairobi, Kenya a plan using
E-Commerce to connect African Americans and the people of the African Union in a debt restructuring plan.

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Our Approach

In 2018 as the United States seeks to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world. We do this cognizant of our own commitment to live up to our ideals at home and to meet our international human rights obligations.

Our Pledge

In support of the people of the United States of America of African Descent Friends of the African Union makes the following pledges:

  1. We are committed to using our skills and tools of civil society actions and public-private partnerships;
    • Advancing Human Rights
    • Fundamental Freedoms
    • Human Dignity
    • Prosperity Internationally
  2. We are committed to Advancing Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the United States through civil society actions based on the 2015 Universal Periodic Review of the USA
    • Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to the USA in 2016, the Urban League’s State of Black America and using Daniels IDIQ based public-private partnerships as solutions to the
    • 2018 Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his mission to the United States of America.
  3. We are committed to Advancing Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the nations of the African Union and for the people of African diaspora worldwide through civil society actions and public-private partnerships that are based on creating public-private partnerships that are legally beneficial to the people of the nations of Africa.  These persons will contribute $300 Trillion Dollars in landlocked value (at current Market rate estimates) of assets.
  4. We are committed to Advancing Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the African Descendent people in the global African Diaspora through civil society actions and public-private partnerships, and
  5. We are committed to Advancing Human Rights using economic development based on a superset of the sustainable development goals of the UN System through civil society actions and public-private partnerships.

FAU Chairman: Hershel Daniel’s Says


Hershel Daniels

Chairman Spotlight

Empowering Our People

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My objective, in Cincinnati, as Chairman of Friends of the African Union, is to utilize the formal training and experience I have acquired in the fields of electronics, computing, communications, business, sales, school board membership, community development, African diplomacy, civil society organizational management and as an African Scientific Institute Fellow to create a new community benefit agreement based cyber currency. It is to be built on forks of BlockChain Technology and smart contracts based on solutions to the UN Universal Periodic Review, bank based Community Benefit Agreements and supersets of ISO 26000, corporate responsibility.

Friends of the African Union supports Smart Cincy and the Regional Smart Cities Initiative because we recognize that smart planning is necessary today to ensure that our city and region is prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. Bringing cohesiveness to the smart cities conversation, prompting smart action among various stakeholders, and establishing shared goals supported by an agile planning architecture will lead to the creation of a better place to live, work, study, and visit using a new community benefit agreement based cyber currency.

Friends of the African Union supports the creation of a digital foundation, through a public private partnership, that allows our leaders to be more responsive to the needs of our residents and creates an environment that’s attractive to talent and companies alike. We call for our leaders in public and private sectors to support the vision of a cohesive, smart city and region that facilitates efficiency, transparency, accountability, and responsiveness to our most urgent needs as defined through a update to Plan Cincinnati.

Plan Cincinnati came after a three-year planning process 2009-2012, .It has been approved by City Council and so the 228-page document should have become Cincinnati’s policy guide for everything from financial to environmental decisions, and beyond. It was Cincinnati’s first comprehensive plan in 32 years and was scheduled for an update in 2017. We are a year late.

Areas of Expertise include creation of a African Union based American Civil Society Organization called Friends of the African Union (I serve as current Co-Founder and current Chairman); service as Executive Staff of an African nation diplomatic mission to the USA; Development of a United Nations Civil Society Organization joint venture; participation in Government Affairs based on the 2015 United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process of the USA and the 2018 UPR’s of Mexico and Nigeria; Legislative Review/Analysis based on the Community Reinvestment Act, Opportunity Zone and New Market Tax Credits; member of Local School Decision Making Committee of STEM K-6 Public School; US Navy Communications Security Devices & Electronic Equipment Repair and Service; US Navy Radar Equipment Repair and Research on the SPY1; US Navy Cryptographic Device Repair; NASA Satellite Systems Operations; Sonar Systems Operations and Repair; Telemetry Equipment Operations and Repair; Newspaper Publishing and Public Relations.


2012 -Present Friends of the African Union Prime Developer a Civil Society Non-Profit Organization representing the people of the African Union through Economic Development that begets social alignment with Peace in the Hood through Jobs in the Hood.
1996-Present McGraw Daniels, LLC Co-Founder and Co-Developer of next generation communications and computing technology based on patent USPTO 5,577,042.
2001-2013 Hargrove Engineering, LLC Business Development Director (sales) of a broad variety of engineering services to the private and public sectors based on the expertise of the company’s founder with a focus on an innovative sewer system solution.
1997-2001 Lloyds General and Electrical Contractors Business Development Director who was brought on board to develop the company into next generation leadership as a leading female business enterprise in Communications, Computing, International Trade, Construction and Real Estate Development
1992 – 1995 Honorary Counsel of the  Republic of Guinea to USA Chief Technical Officer at Senior Honorary Counsel to Republic of Guinea Carried out secure communications, technical analysis and oversaw a process for selection of ITU based SatCom for country. Developed plan of action that was funded by the World Bank for communications.

Created strategy for that only now has Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said may happen in 2017.

1987 – 1989 Business Computer Exchange Chief Technical Service Director at Business Computer Exchange (BCE) which was an early mail order contender when CDW was Computer Discount Warehouse & we had a chance to be Dell. Did customer service support for a variety of technologies including CPM cards in Apple II, MS DOS 1.1 in Columbia Data Systems PC Clones and Xerox 820 MS DOS.
1986-1987 Clinton Computers Sales Representative at Clinton Computers selling Apple Computers and early Macs in Desktop Publishing, data representation systems for IBM technology and as terminals for IBM AS400 systems
1983- 1986 US Navy Petty Officer in Naval Telecommunications System Integration Command 01 at US Navy worked on Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) development as the shore based platform supporting end-to-end solutions and services to resolve the most complex issues in the intelligence, command and control (C2) and information domains.
1981 – 1983 National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration I was a Oceanographic Tech who was a Able Bodied Seaman at The Military Sealift Command (MSC) who served as a Cryptographic Communications Tech on a NOAA Ship the USNS HARKNESS (T-AGS-32) a then state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric research platform
1973 –  1980 US Navy Electronics Tech (C) (R) at US Navy Worked on advanced fire control, C4ISR and associated military systems around the world.


Civil Society Work

August 2016 – Present Greater Cincinnati Community Reinvestment Coalition (Business) (Financial Tech/Payday) Leading the Development of a Community Development Plan that includes mortgage and small business lending, including micro-lending, community development lending and investing, philanthropy, and financial services for low- and moderate-income communities.
January 2012 -present Friends of the African Union (FAU) and FAU Chamber of Commerce Conducted at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Fifteenth Session an action to bring about a scientific inquiry in the theory that Africans not Asians where the first people ancestors of Americans.
September 2012 – Present African Scientific Institute (ASI) I am an ASI Fellow which is an international honorary association of accomplished individuals in the area of science and technology. ASI Fellows are a part of a think tank, producing new ideas and resources for other fellows and their projects.
2010 – Present National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS) I am a chapter Commander of a NABVETS Chapter as well as a founder of a previous chapter in 2010. NABVETS is an official US Veterans Service Organization created July 1969. You do not have to a Vet or Black to join.
2004 – Present The Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition As a member I am responsible to get people involved and feeling passionate about furthering our cause to Change America as Martin Luther King Junior would have wanted and then carry that message to Washington DC and beyond through the coalitions activates and more.
2002-Present National Community Reinvestment Coalition ( I am a member of NCRC which serves advocates, like me, around the country by providing training and technical assistance, research and policy analyses and other resources.
2015-2016 Mt Auburn Good Housing Foundation (MAGHF) MAGHF is a Community Housing Development Organization that I was a board member of that is a private nonprofit, community-based organization with the capacity to develop affordable housing for Ohio.




Taft STEM Elementary LSDMC I was a Board Member at W. H. Taft Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School Local School Decision Making Committee – served two terms and was on the board that keep the school open and oversaw a over $5M investment in rebuilding it as STEM.
2010-2014 Mt Auburn Community Council I was a board member of the Mt. Auburn Community Council (MACC) is the official representative of the Mt. Auburn community.
2008-2012 United Methodist Men of Keys of the Kingdom UMC Fulfilled my role as Church Trustee and President of the United Methodist Men as in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
2009-2012 Plan Cincinnati Spent three years developing the official plan for the city of Cincinnati.

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