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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Proclaims May 25th Africa Day

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Proclaims May 25th Africa Day

In commemoration of African Liberation Day, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is partnering with the Office of Minority Health to host a roundtable discussion on Africans in DC and Access to Health Care.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has proclaimed Friday, May 25, 2012, as “Africa Day” in the District of Columbia. In commemoration of African Liberation Day, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is partnering with the Office of Minority Health to host a roundtable discussion on Africans in DC and Access to Health Care on May 25, from 11 am to 1 pm at the John A. Wilson Building, Room G-9.

This roundtable aims to highlight key trends in the African community in DC as it relates to health and raise issues of access, research and data collection. The event will also discuss strategies and opportunities for addressing the health disparities within immigrant and foreign-born communities in the District. 

“The District of Columbia is home to thousands of African residents and their families – representing diverse cultural, religious, and political backgrounds and speaking hundreds of languages and dialects,” Mayor Gray said. “These communities have enriched the cultural fabric of our world-class city.”

Mayor Gray and the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs will join African communities around the world in the observance of African Liberation Day on May 25, 2012. African Liberation Day is celebrated in Africa, Europe, North America as well as Australia. In the United States, it is commemorated by several states and local communities through events that highlight the political and social issues and contributions of US African communities.

This year, Mayor Gray and his Office on African Affairs have invited the public to participate in the “Africans in DC & Access to Health Care” discussion on May 25th to celebrate African Day and use this opportunity to learn more about the African immigrant community in the District of Columbia.