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Monday, September 26, 2016

African Heritage Month Celebration, Montgomery County Maryland USA!


African Heritage Month Celebration, Montgomery County Maryland USA.

Montgomery County is the first county in the nation to Proclaim September as the African Heritage Month. On Sept 6th, 2016 the Montgomery County Executive Mr. Ike Leggett, presented the 8th proclamation certificate to the African Affairs Advisory Group and representatives of the African Communities as a tribute to the history ,culture,heritage and ancestry of Africans living in the Diaspora.
Following the  proclamation, African Immigrant communities, members of the African Diaspora and all people of African Descent continue to celebrate the month of September with pride.
During the 2016, Pan African Festival event in Montgomery County, Maryland USA, the streets of downtown Silver Spring were closed.The Queens and Kings of Africa arrived with pride and marched as the great contributors of this nation.
The event proceeded with knowledge sharing and awareness of increasing diseases which burden the health of our communities. African Diaspora communities were urged to perticipate in events that aim to shape their communities and being on the forefront in addressing their issues as part of their civic responsibility.
The 2016 PANAFEST Event was a great success. The children of Africa came from all corners not only to be seen but to be heard, they showcased their talents through music,art, crafts, fashion and the outstanding natural beauty that Africans possess.
Montgomery County Executive,  Isiah Ike, Leggett during the Celebration of the 8th annual African Heritage Month Proclamation. On the right is Mr.  Daniel Koroma the Community Manager and  Montgomery County Liaison for African Immigrant and Caribbean communities. 

Receiving the Proclamation Certificate on behalf of the African Immigrant Communities and the members of the Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory Group (AAAG) is the newly elected chair,  
Ms.Harriet Shangarai 
Traditional Rulers and Community Leaders matching to the Panafest event

Special Blessings from Tribal / Community Leaders from Cameroon
Brass Band entertainment

University of Maryland African Student Performance

Montgomery County Representatives and natives of Somalia, Gambia and Ghana
Representing Tanzania is Mr.  TZ the Pan African  Festival USA. Alumnus  showcasing his talent.

More Traditional Blessings from Sierra Leone
Breast Cancer Awareness by African Women Cancer Awareness Association

AAAG Chair Ms.Harriet Shangarai, addressing the crowd

Lady Kate promoting a movies starred by Lupita Nyongo & David Oyelowo

Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Angola 

South African performers

Heart Health Awareness

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Panafest participants

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