10th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 10 years of African Communities Together!

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 7 - 10 PM

The Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

About ACT

African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide.

ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, advance economically, and engage civically.

We connect African immigrants to critical services, help Africans develop as leaders, and organize our communities on the issues that matter.

Our theme this year is Igniting Our Collective Power.

Join us for an evening of live performances, dancing, and celebration!

Traditional, festive or semi-formal attire is encouraged.

A three-course dinner will be provided.

Meet our Emcees for the Evening!

Daniel Koroma

Vice President

Montgomery County Board of Elections

Semhar Araia

Founder and CEO

Diaspora African Women's Network, Inc. (DAWN)

Performers & DJ

DJ Space FX

Farafina Kan


ACT 2023 Black Star Award Honorees

The Black Star Award is named for the Black Star of Africa, a symbol of Pan-African unity and struggle since Marcus Garvey created the Black Star Line.

The Black Star Award celebrates the connection between the African diaspora in the US and the African continent and symbolizes our shared hopes for progress.

ACT presents the Black Star Award to the following community leaders in recognition of their outstanding advocacy on behalf of African immigrants:

Dr. Menna Demessie

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Taskforce for Meaningful Change, Universal Music Group

Dr. Uzodinma Iweala

Chief Executive Officer

The Africa Center

Virginia Diamond


Northern Virginia Labor Federation AFL-CIO

Southern Towers Tenant Organizing Committee

Roslyn D. Gadley

Tenant Leader at Southern Towers (posthumous)

Priscilla Sims Brown

President & CEO

Amalgamated Bank

U.S. Senator Jack Reed


Join us in Washington, D.C.!

Glowy Gradient Abstract Brush Stroke Blob

Venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Amharic, Arabic, and French language interpretation available.

Email any assistance you need to events@africans.us.

Thank you for your support. Tickets for the gala are sold out. If you would like to make a donation, please use this link.

10th Anniversary Gala Sponsorship













  • 10 tickets

  • Name and logo on digital materials and during event

  • Recognition on social media and during event

  • Full-page custom ad

  • Sponsor reception

  • Special signage

  • 5 tickets

  • Name and logo on digital materials and during event

  • Recognition on social media and during event

  • Half-page custom ad

  • Sponsor reception
  • 2 tickets

  • Name and logo on digital materials and during event

  • Recognition on social media and during event

  • Quarter-page custom ad

To submit your sponsorship payment by check or for any questions, please email events@africans.us.

We appreciate your support!

  • 2 tickets

  • Name on digital materials and during event

Thank you to our Sponsors!





Amandla (Liberation)

Stolper-Fertik Family Foundation & Sochie Nnaemeka

Universal Music Group, Taskforce for Meaningful Change


Umoja (Unity)




The Kassa Family

Thank you to our Sponsors!





Sankofa (Heritage)


For any questions about the event, e-mail events@africans.us.

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