Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity.
Today the African Union is comprised of 53 member states and has brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it has faced (such as armed conflict, climate change and poverty).
The Africa Day theme for 2011 is “Africa and the Diaspora.” The New York celebration will be held in New York City on May 31, 2011.
Google have changed their doodle today to commemorate Africa Day (see image on the top right of this post). For more articles about Africa Day, click on this link.
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