|This fabric is designed annually and worn by women in Cameroon to celebrate the day|
I brought my husband with me to our local celebration of the day here in Milwaukee yesterday. There weren't many men in attendance, but that didn't bother him. It wasn't a huge event, but for a few hours, it was almost like being in New York City. You could walk through the meeting room and hallway hearing a multitude of languages. There were colorful costumes. Women of different faiths were sharing lunch, hugs, and laughter. Dancers and singers celebrated the day. It was good to see that here in Milwaukee, one of the worst places for African Americans in the US, that for a few hours everyone was together and promoting equality in the workplace, access to healthcare, and good education. Carmen Pitre from the new $21 million Sojourner Family Peace Center was even there to announce the new facility and how it will help victims of domestic violence. It certainly felt like a positive event.
In addition to free food, dancing, music, and literature being distributed, you could get henna painted on your hands. It was great to have an opportunity to talk to women who came to Milwaukee from other lands. Here are just a few photos from the event.
|Henna is often used to celebrate special events in the Arab and African culture|
|This pretty lady from Cameroon said she felt like a movie star with all the attention being drawn to her outfit|
|Young dancers prepare to take the stage|
|This woman from Mauritania says she has lived in Milwaukee for 5 years|