Promises Made, Promises Kept: Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Celebrates Africa Day at Getty House, Uniting the African Diaspora and Restoring Dignity”
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass delivered a compelling speech, resonating with the powerful phrase “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” to an esteemed audience comprising distinguished guests and members of the African diaspora at her official residence in Hancock Park last weekend. Joined by City Council President Pro Tempore Curren D. Price, Jr. and The Getty House Foundation Board of Directors, Mayor Bass commemorated Africa Day, a momentous occasion marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity by thirty African nations on May 25, 1963. Originally recognized as African Liberation Day, this significant milestone has been observed in the United States since 1972, serving as a platform for activists to express solidarity with the African independence movement.
In Los Angeles, Africa Day serves as a vibrant and joyous celebration, embracing the rich diversity of our African diaspora communities. It embodies our shared commitment to fostering economic and cultural connections across the continent while reflecting the cherished values we hold dear. Mayor Bass, in her impassioned speech, underscored the vital role played by the African diaspora in uniting individuals of African descent and reaffirmed her dedication to annually commemorating this significant day, a promise she made during her campaign.
The event itself exuded a lively and resplendent ambiance, where special guests and dignitaries proudly adorned themselves in exquisite African regalia. The atmosphere brimmed with festivity, immersing attendees in a vibrant tapestry of colors that paid homage to the rich cultural heritage of the African continent.
This unforgettable celebration at Getty House stood as a testament to the fulfillment of promises and the unwavering commitment of Los Angeles to honor and uplift its African diaspora communities. Moreover, in the face of hate targeting minority communities, including black immigrants, this day served as a powerful restoration of dignity and value for Africans in the diaspora and people of African descent.
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