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Africa Center to Unveil 45-Foot Tribute to Africa’s 54 Nations at Intersection of Harlem and Museum Mile – May 27



Africa Center to Unveil 45-Foot Tribute to Africa’s 54 Nations at Intersection of Harlem and Museum Mile - May 27
Today, The Africa Center announced it will unveil a 45-foot, three-story tribute featuring the flags of Africa’s 54 nations and the Pan-African flag as part of its Africa Day Weekend Celebration on Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 11:30am – 6pm EST. The tribute and celebration, commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Africa Day (observed on May 25), will fill The Center’s windows facing 5th Avenue and 110th Street at the intersection of Harlem and Museum Mile.

The free weekend celebration will kick off at 11:30am EST with the first Africa in Harlem Walking Tour led by Professor Boukary Sawadogo. The local expedition will highlight the history and contributions of African immigrants in Harlem and to New York City. At 1pm EST, a special ribbon cutting ceremony will be held with remarks by special invited guests. The ceremony will be followed by a series of community activities including live art workshops, entertainment, music by DJ Birane, and food provided by community vendors.
The Africa Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and Africa Day weekend community celebration are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a flag or wear colors representing their home country on the African continent. Registration is encouraged but not required. More information and information on how to register is available at
“Africans have long been present in the Harlem and greater-New York communities, and people of African descent have shaped Harlem into the international cultural gem it is known to be today,” said Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center. “Africa Day is a celebration of both the diversity of African countries and cultures, as well as our continued efforts to encourage greater unity amongst African people and the African Diaspora. We hope people will see their flag and be proud of who they are, where they come from, and what African people have contributed as a community no matter where we might find ourselves in the world, but particularly here in New York City.”
Details for The Africa Day Community Celebration are as follows:
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Time: 11:30am EST – 6pm EST
  • Africa in Harlem Walking Tour Begins at 11:30am EST
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Remarks begin at 1pm EST
Location: The Africa Center Plaza,1280 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029
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