African Liberation Day commemoration in Toronto
African Liberation Day began in 1958, when the delegates of the First Conference of Independent African States, held in Accra, Ghana, declared April 15 as “African Freedom Day”.
The date was marked each year to take note of the progress of the African liberation movement and symbolize the determination of the people of Africa.
In 1963, the date of the celebration was changed to May 25 and renamed “Africa Liberation Day”.
Today, African Liberation Day is celebrated in Africa, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada. This year, the All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) will hold an observance of Africa Liberation Day, themed “Celebrating the Contribution of African Women to African Liberation and Unity”.
The event will feature workshops, a cultural showcase, stalls, a panel presentation, a youth program, opportunities to join the AAPRP, mouth-watering food and a keynote presentation from Sister Mjiba Frehiwot, a leading organizer in the Maryland, USA chapter of the organization.
The Toronto commemoration of African Liberation Day will be held on Saturday, May 22 at Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Road (near Lawrence West subway station) from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Free admission will be granted to children age 14 and under. An educational Young Pioneer Institute program will also be provided.