By Fatima Sesay
City Council Member Helen D. Foster and the 16th Council District’s African and Muslim Council hosted the 3rd Annual Community Enrichment Day event on at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. This year’s theme was “Inter-generational Dialogue,” and a lot of adults, along with young Africans were in attendance.
From 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., guests listened and engaged in an open discussion to identify and highlight issues affecting families and youth education in their community. “Building up our neighborhoods and improving its quality of life is no little accomplishment,” said Foster. “It is a huge undertaking and one which has not gone unnoticed.”
New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn also mentioned in a letter, “Whether it’s improving school quality, encouraging people to vote, or connecting residents to vital city services, events like this not only help to strengthen our community, they help to strengthen our entire city.”
There was nothing but unity and respect throughout the night, and a lot of organizations performed and enlightened the audience about parent-child barriers, and the fight to eradicate it.
Arao Ameny, founder of the Association of African Journalists and Writers (AAJW) brought the room to a halt when she delivered a heartfelt revelation that “African parents do care,” to fight misconceptions that parents leaving their children unsupervised as they go to work all day, are less alert about what goes on in their lives.
Towards the end of the event, 20 “Rising Stars” along with other leaders in the African Community were recognized with plaques and awards.
Then, it was feasting time, with food generously provided by The Children’s Circle, Accra Restaurant, Sam’s Restaurant, and Yankasa Association on USA, Inc. Masjid.
Guests were seemingly enriched at the event –Parents and youths were able to successfully engage in a meaningful dialogue; something that very difficult to achieve in this day and age.