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Liberia's 165th Independence Day celebration

Liberia's 165th Independence Day celebration
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
July 27, 2012

The Liberian Association of Cleveland (LACE)hosted a celebration of Liberia's 165th Independence Day in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. The theme of the event was 'Making an Impact.'

Along with information about LACE and Liberia, the formal presentation included speeches by dignitaries, recognition of Distinguished Clevelanders and performances.

Both the US and Liberian National Anthems were sung by the crowd.

Video of singing of the Liberian National Anthem




Rev. Napoleon Karr served as Master of Ceremonies.

Rev. Napoleon Karr

Rev. Napoleon Karr


Mrs Janjay Bass gave a presentation of the History and Cultural Heritage of Liberia.

Mrs Janjay Bass

Mrs Janjay Bass


Mrs Joan Darkortey introduced Mayor Frank Jackson.

Mrs Joan Darkortey

Mrs Joan Darkortey

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Joan Darkotey at podium


Liberian Association of Cleveland president Jackson Seo Sr. was introduced by his son, Jackson Seo Jr.

Jackson Seo Jr.

Jackson Seo Jr.

Jackson Seo Jr. and Sr.

Jackson Seo Jr. and Sr.

Jackson Seo Sr.

Jackson Seo Sr.


President Seo introduced the recipients of the Distinguished Cleveland Awards.

Distinguished Cleveland Awards


Distinguished Cleveland Awards


Distinguished Cleveland Awards

Rufus Darkortey and Jackson Seo Sr.


Joan Yokie introduced the Guest Speaker Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy

Joan Yokie

Joan Yokie

Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy

Judge Marilyn B. Cassidy


Michael Patterson of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office gave a proclamation to LACE.

Michael Patterson of Congressman Dennis Kucinich's office and Jackson Seo Sr.

Michael Patterson and Jackson Seo Sr.


Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell spoke on behalf of City Council.

Mamie Mitchell

Mamie Mitchell


Sayou, AKA the Liberian Michael Jackson, performed a dance routine.




Enjoy these other images from Liberia's 165th Independence Day celebration.

Roseline Hampton

Roseline Hampton


Roseline gave a video interview about some Liberian cultural items.




Henrietta Kelly

Henrietta Kelly


Patrick and Sangai Cooper with Mayor Jackson

Patrick and Sangai Cooper with Mayor Jackson


Elizabeth Wuly Brown and Janjay Bass

Elizabeth Wuly Brown and Janjay Bass


Ornette Gibson

Ornette Gibson


Joan Darkortey with son Rufus Jr.

Joan Darkortey with son Rufus Jr.


Moses D. Yonly

Moses D. Yonly


Distinguished Clevelander Award

Distinguished Clevelander Award


Rufus Darkortey and Jackson Seo Sr.

Rufus Darkortey and Jackson Seo Sr.


Judge Cassidy and Mayor Jackson

Judge Cassidy and Mayor Jackson


Sangai Cooper w Roseline Hampton

Sangai Cooper w Roseline Hampton


Jackson Seo Sr and Jr with Mayor Jackson

Jackson Seo Sr and Jr with Mayor Jackson


Happy Independence Day Liberia

Happy Liberian Independence Day



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