Africa Awareness Month

Now that February's Black History Month has ended, African-American scholars are promoting a greater interest in Africa. March is Africa Awareness Month.

Victoria Daramola from Nigeria says, "It's a wonderful thing to know that people do not want to forget their heritage. They want to learn more about their roots, about their culture."

How is it different from Black History Month you may ask?

William Hudson of the Tallahassee and African Sister Cities Coalition says, "It only gives the African-American view or history since we were here in the United States, which was about 500 years. African history goes back much further than that."

Tallahassee and African Sister Cities Coalition, or TASCC, has launched the promotion of the annual observance of Africa Awareness Month. The goal: to generate a greater interest in all aspects of the continent past and present.

The coalition board members say for most people, an interest in Africa seems more like a trend. They say the interest usually peaks during the traditional African holiday Kwanzaa and of course, during Black History Month.

William says, "What has happened over the course of history with African-American History Month is that it has become so commercialized that the amount of information shared is limited."

Willie Lawrence Butler, the founder of TASCC, says, "What we have been doing for the past four years is to perpetuate a series of events that will make this local movement not only a statewide and regional, but also a national movement."

Hudson says the coalition is on the right track. In celebration of Africa Awareness Month, there will be cultural and educational activities throughout March.