A TASTE OF AFRICA KWANZAA EVENT: “THE PURPOSE OF LIBERIA”

Contact Information

Company Name: Harambee Leadership Academy, Inc. & Liberia Heals

URL: www.HarambeeAcademy.org

URL: www.LiberiaHeals.org

Phone: 614-339-6602 or 404-979-1931

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Columbus, Ohio – December 4, 2016:

PRESS RELEASE

A TASTE OF AFRICA KWANZAA EVENT: “THE PURPOSE OF LIBERIA”

“A TASTE OF AFRICA”’ IS COMING TO COLUMBUS, OHIO ON DECEMBER 30TH, 2016

The Harambee Leadership Academy, Inc. and Liberia Heals have announced that they will be bringing “A Taste of Africa” to the wonderful people of the greater Columbus, Ohio community. A major Kwanzaa Event will be hosted by the Harambee Leadership Academy, Inc. and Liberia Heals in Columbus, Ohio on Friday December 30th, 2016 at 8pm. A Taste of Africa will feature Liberian Cuisine, Liberian Music, UNIA History, Wine Tasting and much more. The venue is Signature Winery located at 3816 April Lane Columbus, Ohio and admissions are available only for $10.

The event will bring a true taste of Africa to Columbus by featuring some really exciting activities. People in attendance will also witness live performances by Brother Putu and Darchelle L. Williams. Putu is a renowned Liberian-American Hip-Hop and Afro-Pop performing artist and social activist. In addition to performing, he will also serve as the keynote speaker for this event shedding light on the topic of “The Purpose of Liberia”. To add icing on the cake, Darchelle L. Williams, a legendary Jazz Artist from the immediate Columbus, Ohio community will be a special guest performer at this event. Make’da F. Na’eem, a local community leader, is the Founder of the Harambee Leadership
Academy, Inc.;
founded in 2002. Ms. Na’eem is also an official for the local chapter of UNIA/ACL-Division 328. When she learned about Putu’s work, she was inspired to invite him as a guest speaker and performer for this year’s Kwanzaa event. As one of the visionaries behind “The Liberia Heals Initiative”, Putu uses his music and platform to raise awareness about its objectives. The proceeds from this program will benefit several collaborative projects Harambee Academy and Liberia Heals are embarking on in the very near future.

The Purpose of Liberia & Reason for Healing

Liberia is a unique nation located on the west coast of Africa. It was established under the auspices of the American Colonization Society (ACL) and was originally formed as a response to the growing number of freed African American slaves, and slave rebellions across North America and the Caribbean during the early 1800’s. Rich white elites in America were concerned about how American society would change or be altered in wake of these happenings, and carved out a plan to send thousands of African Americans to the west coast of Africa to embark on a destiny outside of America. Many of these African Americans came from Ohio and in fact it is the home state of the 5th Liberian president, E. J. Roye. These repatriates became known as Americo-Liberians or the “settlers” throughout Liberian history. The initial challenges and ordeals the settlers encountered with the native or indigenous people of the land would unfortunately last for generations and ultimately serve as a root catalyst for many of Liberians modern day civil disruptions.

The idea of healing the Liberian people after the brutal civil wars and the horrific Ebola crisis, is one of the cornerstones behind this event. So much damage was done to the Liberian people that it is necessary to heal from the traumas of the past. One of Liberia Heals main projects is to construct a “National Memorial” for Liberia to symbolize peace, reconciliation and the coming together after so many hardships. The plight of the Liberian people, is connected to the African American struggle, and is a testament to the idea that Liberia’s healing process is imbedded the healing of African Americans.

Everybody is encouraged to attend, as it is a family event taking place on the Friday before New Year’s Eve to learn and play their part in helping a significant movement.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION:

Honorable Ijoma R. Flemister

Ambassador to Harambee/Liberia

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