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Metro Brief: Montgomery County celebrates African Heritage Month

Montgomery County

On September 5, 2011

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will kick off African Heritage Month on Sunday, September 4 with a special gala celebration, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Montgomery County wasthefirst in the nation to proclaim the month of September as African Heritage Month.

This annual event will include a reception hosted by members of Montgomery County's African Affairs Advisory Group, and will feature musical entertainment and African cuisine. The County Executive will present a proclamation at 7 p.m. in honor of African Heritage Month.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent and Montgomery County will honor leaders from various walks of life for their contributions to the African Diaspora. Also, to honor this year's theme of volunteerism, five individuals selected by Montgomery County's African Affairs Advisory Group will be honored with a plaque for their volunteer efforts around the County.

On Saturday, September 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. a Panafest will be held in downtown Silver Spring that will include live cultural performances by groups representative of various African countries, arts and crafts exhibits and a taste of exotic African cuisine. The outdoor event will take place at Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Partnerships at 240-777-2584.

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