house resolution no.268

Reps. Weiss and Rheingans offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare May 25, 2024, as Africa Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Africa Day refers to the annual commemoration on May 25th that celebrates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union, on that date in 1963; and 

Whereas, Michigan is proud to recognize May 25 as Africa Day, in alignment with the global commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union, on this day in 1963, and in acknowledgment of the long-lasting contributions of Black African descendants and Black migrant residents of the State of Michigan

 Whereas, Africa Day offers us an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of Africa and its diaspora to the global community. Our state is home to approximately 42,000 immigrants from Africa and

 Whereas, The state of Michigan values the deep historical ties and the vibrant cultural exchange between Michigan and the African continent, fostered by our diverse African community and

Whereas, The observance of Africa Day across Michigan promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of the African continent's history, its current achievements, and its future potential, as well as the contribution of its migrant residents in the state; and

Whereas, Through educational programs, activities, and ceremonies, schools, communities, and organizations within Michigan are encouraged to explore and celebrate African cultures, histories, and contributions and

 Whereas, In recognition of Africa Day, we call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and the citizens of Michigan to engage in appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the spirit and the essence of this important day; now, therefore, be it  

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 25, 2024, as Africa Day in the state of Michigan. We encourage all to uplift and participate in programs, activities, and reflections on the contributions of the African continent and its people to our shared human story.