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River City Links present West African Cultural Exchange

The River City Links invites the community to experience the sights and sounds of West Africa.
The River City Links invites the community to experience the sights and sounds of West Africa. The event is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Whitehaven Community Center at 4318 Graceland Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will showcase the culture, food and people from this part of Africa.

It’s estimated at least 3,000 men, women and children from the West African countries of Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Guinea now make Memphis their home. The River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated wants community of Memphis to come out and meet their neighbors and become acquainted with the culture of the Fulani people.

“The event will prove to be culturally enriching creating a greater awareness and appreciation for the beauty, diversity and eclectic nature of African people,” said Charlotte Freeman, President, The River City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Last year, River City Links held an African Tea with the women of Mauritania to discuss some of the issues they face in their transition to Memphis. Out of that African Tea grew discussions to have a showcase of their culture in Whitehaven, the community in which many live.

“We have welcomed our African brothers and sisters through the years and have come to recognize though we may come from different cultures we all embrace family, education and strong ties to the community,” said Freeman.

The event is open and free to the public. Guests will be able to sample West African cuisine and enjoy traditional West African music.  The West African Cultural Exchange features a live performance by International performing artist Guelel Kumba. Guelel, a native of Sengal, is the lead singer and plays guitar with the group, Afrissippi. He is known for his unique fusion of West African and Blues genres.

For more information, call 219-8083.

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