Federation’s Cultural Icons featured at OAS VII Inter-American Week for People ofAfrican Descent in the Americas

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(Washington DC, March 21, 2024) Two of the federation’s cultural icons are being
prominently featured this week alongside other historically renowned figures from Latin
America and the Caribbean, at the Organization of American States (OAS) VII Inter-American
Week for People of African Descent in the Americas being held under the theme: Global
Freedom: Emancipate yourself from Mental Slavery.
Ms. Lorna “Ava” Henry of Saint Kitts and the late Mr. David James Freeman of Nevis were
spotlighted as two champions for the promotion of African/Black culture and identity who,
in their professional and daily lives, and through their body of work, have shaped their
societies with their contribution to Arts and Culture, and who through their labor have made
a significant contribution to Saint Kitts and Nevis and the region at large.

The celebration takes place within the framework of the United Nations General Assembly
resolution, which proclaimed 2015-2024 as the Decade of People of African Descent. The
VII Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas is therefore
celebrated to raise awareness about the negative perceptions of African/Black people and
culture, promote and highlight the intrinsic beauty and value of Black people and culture and
its impact on the development of our societies, and encourage everyone to re-assess their
pre-conceived notions about Black culture.

Ms. Lorna ‘Ava’ Henry and the late Mr. David James Freeman have both been recognized
nationally for their invaluable contributions to the intangible cultural heritage of Saint Kitts
and Nevis. This recognition of our worthy cultural exponents is a result of the collaboration
between the Saint Kitts and Nevis Permanent Mission to the OAS, the Ministry of Creative
Economy, and the Nevis Cultural Development Foundation.

The compendium of cultural icons from the hemisphere can be accessed via the
designated page for the event on the OAS Website.
OAS :: The Decade for People of African Descent


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