Anita Marie Diop, a Professor of History
The African Academy of languages (ACALAN-AU), the language agency of the African Union Commission mandated to promote African Languages has appointed the Founder and Executive Director for the African Roots and Heritage Foundation (ARHF), Professor Anita Marie Diop, as one of the members of the African Languages Week Coordinating Committee (ALWCC)
The committee was established by the (ACALAN-AU), the language agency of the African Union Commission with a mandate to promote African Languages.
In line with the recommendation at the launching of the 'African Languages Week' organized by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN-AU) on July 28 and 29, 2021 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with the support of the Government of Burkina Faso.
The African Languages Week Coordinating Committee (ALWCC) is a standing committee established to execute development and promotion of African Languages across the African continent and in the Africans in Diaspora.
The Committee will assist the ACALAN-AU in ensuring that the Annual African Languages Week celebration which is 24th -30th of January every year goes smoothly.
The committee is set up with a mandate to mobilize participation and propose the theme of the African Languages Week for each year in line with goals and objectives of ACALAN-AU.
Professor Anita M. Diop is the Founder and Executive Director for the African Roots and Heritage Foundation (ARHF). ARHF is a non-profit organization with a mission to share African Culture through public programs such as the African Roots and Heritage Festival which drew 19 African Nations together to plan and participate in building the bridges between the Diaspora and the African continent. Their motto is"Celebrating Our Heritage while confronting the challenges of being Black."
She is currently teaching African American and American History at Hopkinsville Community College and serves as the Adviser for the Minority Student Union and the History Club.
Professor Diop specializes in the Culture and Arts and her scholarly works, include, "Katherine Dunham: An African American Cultural Icon" and various essays and articles. Professor Diop also is a travel photographer and has exhibited her photographic essay, entitled Eyes of the African Princess, at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and many other government sites, colleges, and universities.
To her credit, she is also an award-winning short film Director andProducer of "Concrete Roses".
With regards to her appointment, an appointment letter duly signed by the Executive Secretary of ACALAN-AU, Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha which has all the members of the committee with their roles.
Recall that CEOAFRICA reported Prof. Anita's paper presentation at the launching of the African Languages week in Burkina Faso which was organized by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), African Union specialized Language Agency which took place on 29th to 30th of July, 2021.
The erudite professor is known for her 'Spirit of Africa' by many because of her passionate works on bringing cultural awareness and participating in the ongoing Africana Renaissance and uplifting African people no matter where they dwell. She Strongly believes and advocates for Africans to speak their native language, because Africans in the Diaspora hear the voices of their ancestors.