Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell
On June 9th, 2022, less than three weeks before the June Primary, the NYC Commission on Human Rights held an African Diaspora Civic Engagement Awareness Day at Bronx Borough Hall.
Rivalries and lack of data about the African immigrant community were topics discussed during a panel moderated by Christelle Onwu, Lead Advisor for African Communities at NYCCHR.
Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Chair and Executive Director NYC Civic Engagement Commission; Kenneth Ebie, Executive Director & Chief Development Officer, BE NYC NYC Small Business Service; Okenfe Lebarty, Senior Director Government and Community Affairs, NYC Health and Hospital and Maryam Mohammed—Miller, New York City Black Women’s Political Club were the panelists.
Lack of documentation and linguistic barriers are other challenges keeping African immigrants from being civically engaged, despite being one of the fastest-growing populations within the Black immigrant population.
The civic engagement awareness day was hosted in partnership with NYC Health and Hospitals, Test and Trace, NYC Civic Engagement Commission, African Communities Together, and the Bronx Borough President’s office.