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(MIAMI) – The Back Bone Cultural Group will sponsor a two day Ghanaian Festival May 22-23rd at Florida Memorial University featuring a ceremony conducted by His Majesty King Tettey Tsuru III of Accra, Ghana.  Aimed at increasing awareness of African culture and bringing reconciliation between Africans and Americans of African descent, the festival begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 22nd with vendors, followed by an opening ceremony and concert at 6:00 p.m. in the Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 per person each day and will be available at the door.


On Sunday, May 23rd, Commissioners Barbara J. Jordan (District 1) and Audrey M. Edmonson (District 3) will be crowned "Queen Mothers" during a traditional Ghanaian ceremony. The ceremony is 4:00 p.m. in the FMU/FIU auditorium. The "Queen Mother" title is traditionally given to Ghanaian women who are recognized for determining and addressing the needs of their constituents and consequently become "Women Warriors," who campaign for the betterment of their respective communities.


King Tettey Tsuru III, of the La Traditional Area of Accra, Ghana will crown the Commissioners during an authentic Ghanaian ceremony where they will receive the traditional armament that is worn by women of the Ga Tribe.  "We felt that in recognition of the many contributions made by these remarkable women, the highest honor we could bestow upon them would be that of "Queen Mother," a position which is recognized as one of the highest given in Ghanaian culture for women who work tirelessly on behalf of the community," said Vivian Coleman, president of the Back Bone Cultural Group, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting knowledge of African culture. The "Caribbean Kids Steel Orchestra" will also be performing in honor of the King's visit. The group is comprised of young people between the ages of 7-13 who are studying the art of playing the steel drum.


"Accra was founded by the Ga people of Ghana in the late 1600s and served as a center of trade with the Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, French and British. It is the final resting place of W. E. B. Dubois and the W.E.B. Dubose Center for Pan African Culture.  It is only fitting that we make the effort to engage people of African descent in order to encourage cultural and economic development between the two continents," she concluded.


For more information on the Commissioners' crowning ceremony, call the Black Affairs Advisory Board at (305) 375-4606.





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