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FYI: African Heritage Week Proclaimed in the Virgin Islands

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Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. has proclaimed May 25 as “AfricanLiberation Day” and May 20-26 as “African Heritage Week” in the Virgin Islands to serve as a reminder of our territory’s proud African heritage.
The annual observance of African Heritage Week is an occasion for Americans of African descent to reaffirm their cultural ties with the people, traditions and heritage of Africa and with their kin throughout the lands of the African Diaspora.
“Celebrating this heritage enriches our understanding of the rich cultural ties with African peoples and nations, and brings pride to the territory. During this designated week and throughout the year, we are reminded of the contributions of African peoples in the areas of art, culture, science, technology, and spirituality towards society’s collective progress,” de Jongh said.
All citizens of the diverse ethnic and cultural communities in the territory are invited to acknowledge and celebrate the many individual, community and institutional contributions of African-Americans, and all people of African descent, to the world community.
The governor encourages residents to participate in cultural exchange programs and to spend time learning about the people and nations of modern Africa.
In observance of African Liberation Day on May 20, the Per Ankh Institute is hosting several events on St. Croix, including: a “Per Ankh Live” African Liberation Day online radio discussion at 9:00 am at http://tobtr.com/s/3153513 ; an interactive seminar themed: “Reactivating Activism: Organize4Change” from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the St. Croix Curriculum Center; and an African Liberation Day Bamboula Town Meeting from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm also at the St. Croix Curriculum Center. For more information, contact Dr. Chenzira Kahina at 340-244-2524.
On St. Thomas, on May 24, the Pan African Support Group will host a discussion on WSTA 1340 AM at 6:30 pm, as well as an African Forum, location to be announced, on May 25 at 7:00 pm, and a Walk for Africa from Emile Griffith Park to Emancipation Garden starting at 9:00 am on May 26. The We Grow Food Agricultural Cooperative is also hosting an African Liberation Day program at the Bordeaux Sunday Market starting at noon on May 27. For more information, contact Br. Leba at 340-774-1318.

Governor de Jongh invites all Virgin Islanders to join him in celebrating the African heritage of the Virgin Islands during African Heritage Week and African Liberation Day.

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