Liberian Independence Day was celebrated in Providence today at Higher Ground International on Prairie Avenue with music, performance, food and a Spider-Man Bounce House. The day was a celebration of Liberian culture and independence. Higher Ground International, “aims to uplift and empower people in under-served communities in both Providence, RI and West Africa, improving their lives and providing meaningful opportunities for community development.”
On this day in 1847 Liberia adopted a Constitution and a Declaration of Independence modeled on those adopted by the United States. Where the American Declaration declared a list of grievances against King George, the Liberian Declaration listed grievances against slavery. Today is the 170th year of Liberian Independence.
Performances were not limited to Liberian culture. In true South Side tradition there were celebrations and songs from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and more. Though my pictures and video can provide a glimpse of the beauty and culture on display, I can’t give you a taste of the amazing food.
Here’s the Liberian National Anthem
The history of Liberia’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
Poet Christopher Johnson: