After a phenomenally successful first year World Afro Day returns for a second instalment on September 15th. The first World Afro Day was endorsed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, set a World Record and received extensive media coverage that totalled 2.5 million coverage views worldwide.
This year the event will be backed by UNESCO ASPnet UK, and will include new elements such as World Afro Day lessons, which teaches critical thinking, cultural education and creative solutions for negative attitudes towards Afro hair. Last month also marked the launch of a WAD film competition being run in schools nationally, where young people aged 10 and upwards are encouraged to produce a one-minute awareness film about the celebration of Afro hair. The winner will be announced on 15th September. World Afro Day founder Michelle De Leon says, “World Afro Day aims to help turn ignorance into inclusion for Afro hair. School is often a significant place, where black and mixed race children feel the pressure to conform and reject their own natural hair type because of daily comparisons to the straight hair standard idolised in society.”
Well have more updates on World Afro Day in the upcoming weeks, but for further info visit worldafroday.com