Booker T. Ward, 57 an investment broker who lives in Southwest: "No, I don't think it is important. Black Americans are a prototype of white culture not black. Africans are not related to our culture. How can we claim to be partial Africans? We are Americans. We come from a whole different culture."

Signora Brown, 33, of Silver Spring, an employe of the National Center for Educational Statistics: "I think it is very important to improve ties. . . Africans tend to view black Americans through the eyes of the media. Naturally we know the media portrays black as sticking someone up or not carrying about themselves."

John Whelan, 27, an architect who lives in the Shaw area: "No, I don't see that it is important to improve the relationship between black Americans and their African homeland. I can't see the tie being that important. I say the trip wouldn't be that important."

Harry McAfee, 26, of Northeast, federal employe: "I think it is important to create cultural ties between American blacks and their brethern in Africa. It is important that Barry be in Africa and that Jesse Jackson has made the trip. Maybe they can create business ties between developing countries and American blacks."

Monique Eaton, 19, a street vender who lives in Fairfax Village: "I think it is very important because a lot of blacks in Africa resent American blacks. They think they have more pride than we do and that our morals are lower. It is important to have unity all over the world."

Charles Johnson, 27, who lives in Northeast: "I think it is very important to improve ties. I've been in the service and traveled to Africa. It seems like Africans don't look at black Americans as brothers. I feel the are prejudiced against us. They think they are better than we are."

Gordon Barnes, 27, a teacher who lives near 11th an Euclid NW: "We have had conversations all week about Barry in Africa. I think it is important to develop some type of relationship . . .but I don't know if now is the right time ti do it. Barry needs to take care of home before he becomes an ambassador."

Camille Chambers, 20, a Tulane University student who lives in Kingman Park NE: "I think it is very important because we can't afford to underestimate it an its future. . .it is the last frontier in terms of resources and politics. I think when people of color get together things will work out a lot better for them."

Amy Wilkinson, 23, works at the National Urban Coalition and lives in upper Northwest: "I think it is important for black Americans to improve their relationship with all minorities, (including) Hispanics and their African ancestos because when you are a minority you need all the help you can get."

Leslie Rogers, 26, general counsel for Urban Mass Transit who lives in Adams-Morgan: "Since both our destinies are interwoven, we should employ our knowledge of western technology to aid in the economic development of newly emrging independent states."

Denise Walker, 22, of Northeast, a restaurant employe: "I don't think it is important to improve the relationship between American blacks and their African homeland. In my opinion, now it seems like everyone is for themselves. If we want to go there, we will do it. If they want to come here they will do it."

Harold Thompson, of Mount Pleasant, D.C. employe: "I think it enhances the sister relationship tremendously. It is truly a wonderful experience for Mayor Barry, for blacks and for the D.C. government. I think it will have a profound effect on Africa and America and on Washington." CAPTION: Pictures 1 through 12, no caption