Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams commemorates 400 years of Fortitude

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell

The Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams commemorated 400 years of Fortitude on November 6, 2019 at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The event titled “Liberating our Legacy: building our future” brought together members of the African Diaspora who honored and remembered their ancestors and culture through spoken word, dance, art, fashion and drums.

During the celebration, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announced a sister city partnership with Goree Island in Senegal and honored Dr. Izuka Idom Rice, Dr. Marie Linton Umeh, Rev. Dr. Nkechi Madinna Agwu, Samuel Adewumi, Amarachi Prime, Rev Dr. Elizabeth Butler.

The event also included a keynote speech and discussion with CUNY professors Dr. Dionne Bennett, Dr. Lisa Hunter and Dr. Jahi Issa, a dance performance with Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy and MS 354 Dance Ensemble, a musical selection by the New York African Chorus Ensemble and a fashion show with Tanzania Cultural Wear, African Queen Boutique, Noni Styles, Culture Tree Design, and Boujie Boutique.