Africa Day at the Dallas Public Library part of
African Unity Festival
May 6, 2008
Contact: Anne Marie Weiss-Armush
DFW International Community Alliance
Dallas, TX DFW International Community Alliance and the Dallas Public Library will hold the region's first Africa Day on Sunday, June 1. The free festival will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. between 1 and 5pm, and will include participation by 24 local African cultural organizations. Africa Day is one of three events in the African Unity Festival, the first north Texas celebration to spotlight New Americans from the continent of Africa, and is sponsored by the Embrey Family Foundation. The three elements forming the festival are the African Unity Cup at UTDallas on May 31 and on June 1 Africa Day at the Dallas Central Library followed by the Taste of Africa Food Festival at SMU.
Interactive workshops at the Africa Day include drumming and dance workshops from Ethiopia, Ghana, Eritrea and Morocco; a wedding ceremony from Sierra Leone; capoeira (martial arts / dance by Africans in the diaspora); name ceremony by African tribal elders, and African Safari Quest. Henna (Sudan, Eritrea, Morocco), jewelry (Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigeria, Sierra Leone), raffia doll-making (Sierra Leone), basketmaking (Ethiopia), weaving (Ghana) and masks (Gambia) will be the themes of free craft workshops. Educational booths from 15 countries will offer insights into African culture and the 150,000 African-born residents of North Texas.
Florence Coker-Campbell, co-chair of the African Unity Festival, says “ I'm honored to invite you to this historic event. Join us in creating awareness of African peoples in the metroplex. The beauty of Mother Africa lies in the strength of her people: her people's strength lies in Africa's unity."
An event flyer can be downloaded from the website at www.dfwinternational.org/AfricanUnity. North Texan African communities participating in the different events include: Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda.
- The DFW Unity Cup is a six week long soccer tournament with the 3rd Place and Championship Games on Saturday, May 31st starting at 4 pm at the UT Dallas Soccer Field in Richardson. Tickets for the games are $5, children under 10 are FREE, and are available at the door.
- On Sunday, June 1st, Africa Day at J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is from 1 pm to 5 pm and will include interactive workshops for children, African arts and crafts and cultural booths. It is FREE to all.
- Also on June 1st, Taste of Africa Food Festival and Cultural Evening will begin at 6:30 pm at SMUs Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The evening will include dishes from 12 African countries, cultural displays, Parade of Nations and DFW Africa Unity Cup awards. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children 10-5 and children under 5 are FREE. They are available at the door or online at http://www.dfwinternational.org/AfricanUnity/.
DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at http://www.dfwinternational.org/ . For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page HERE or call 972-661-2764.