African Heritage Month celebration in New York: Achievement of African leaders honored  

Africans in New York have celebrated on September 9, 2021, at African Center,  “African Heritage Month,” which is designed to honor the Africans’ contributions in diverse ways in New York.

Organized in collaboration with the African Heritage Month celebration committee, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, New York City Health and Hospitals, the Mayor’s office of faith and community partnerships, NYC department of cultural affairs, the Africa Center, DSI International, and African Communities Together, the event brought together some African leaders, some political leaders, and some African organizations.

Manhattan Brough president Gale Brewer thanked African Community in Manhattan and gave a certificate to a hair braider to honor  the hardworking of all those African women who every single day occupy the streets of Manhattan singing that lovely mantra: “Hair braiding Miss.”

The chair of the New York City Commission of Human Rights, Carmelyn P. Malalis, has talked about the role of  the New York City Commission of Human Rights and said they have been working in partnership  with many organizations. “ We want to make sure you have access of all you need,” she said.

She has appreciated the work Christelle N. Onwu the Lead Advisor for African Communities has been done among African communities regarding the human right issues.

Raquel Batista the commissioner of the Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs has also talked about the mission of the office and said they want to deepen their relationship with African communities.

The Chief Executive Officer of Africa Center Dr. Uzodinma Iweala, addressing to African communities said that “our diversity makes us very special.” Talking about African Center, he said to African communities “this is your home.”

Several African leaders were honored during the event for their contributions throughout New York City.

Bazona Barnabe Bado

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