Organisers of World Afro Day will be attempting to reach a new world record at Church House Westminster later this month in what is set to be the RecordSetter “Largest Hair Education Lesson” involving hundreds of children. This inaugural event is taking place on Friday 15th September and was recently endorsed by the United Nations and is set to be an activity filled day that challenges the perceptions of afro hair and celebrates its beauty.
The World Afro Day team will be teaching the expected 500 children attendees about afro hair through the themes of science and self-esteem. Alongside the World Record Lesson, there will be musical performances, exhibitors and Q&A sessions.
The event has gained international support and will be attended by academics including Berkley Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig, internationally acclaimed celebrity hair stylist, Vernon Francois and the 2016 winner Miss USA, Deshauna Barber.
Founder Michelle De Leon comments: “Our goal is to encourage people, particularly the younger generation, to understand the uniqueness of afro hair and help the world to appreciate the difference as a positive characteristic. We’ll be bringing together children from all backgrounds for our inaugural World Afro Day in an environment, where they can appreciate the wonder of hair. It is a very exciting event and it is generating interest from all over the world. We chose to host World Afro Day at Church House because of its association with prestige, power and history and it will give those attending a sense of occasion and value in who they are. Our hope is that they will go away feeling empowered by the knowledge they have gained during the day.”
Robin Parker, General Manager at Church House Westminster, commented: “We are delighted to be working with the organisers of World Afro Day on their first event. Not only will those attending be able to participate in what is expected to be a record breaking day, but through our state-of-the-art audio visual facilities we will be live streaming it around the world so a global audience can share in this momentous occasion.”
Tickets for the event are available to purchase on the World Afro Day official website- www.worldafroday.com
Church House Westminster is one of London’s most versatile event venues. The AIM Gold accredited venue offers 19 flexible event spaces, which accommodate between 2 and 664 guests, and hosts a wide variety of events including meetings, conferences, awards ceremonies, gala dinners and receptions.