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Mayor Gray Proclaims September as “African Heritage Month”

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mayor Gray Proclaims September as “African Heritage Month”

For the first time in the District of Columbia, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, proclaims September as “African Heritage Month!” In recognition of the unique contributions made by the tens of thousands of Africans residing in the District of Columbia, Mayor Gray declares September as a time for the larger District community to learn about and celebrate its ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse African community. The District of Columbia joins several other jurisdictions in the country that have officially proclaimed September as African Heritage Month.

“The District of Columbia celebrates the incredible diversity in ethic, linguistic, cultural, religious, and political backgrounds within the African constituency, and the African traditions and cultural heritage that have enriched the social fabric of the District of Columbia." said Mayor Gray in the proclamation. 

The DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, in partnership with other District government agencies, community-based organizations and residents – has launched a number of activities this month that aim to highlight the cultural traditions, heritage, priority issues, accomplishments and contributions of Africans in the District of Columbia. For more extensive information on these activities please visit the “Upcoming Events” section of OAA’s website, www.oaa.dc.gov.

The celebratory culmination of the festivities and activities held throughout the month of September will be the 3rd Annual DC Africa Festival set to be held on Saturday, September 29th at the Banneker Recreation Center from 12 pm – 7 pm. In its 3rd year, this festival continues a burgeoning tradition of showcasing African culture while emphasizing the contributions and presence of the African community in the District of Columbia.

“The District of Columbia has one of the most vibrant and diverse African communities in the entire country, with African residents and businesses contributing not only to the cultural identity but also to the economic vitality of the city,” said Director Ngozi Nmezi. “I would like to thank Mayor Gray for his unwavering support of the District’s African community and the work that OAA does to serve this community.

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