10th Anniversary Gala

Celebrating 10 years of African Communities Together!

On September 28th, 2023, ACT held our 10th Anniversary Gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The theme was "Igniting Our Collective Power," embodying our commitment to liberation (Amandla), through unity (Umoja), heritage (Sankofa), and cooperation (Hibir). 

For the second time, we presented our Black Star Award, to a dynamic group of leaders in our community. The Black Star Award celebrates the connection between the African diaspora in the US and the African continent and symbolizes our shared hopes for progress. It is named for the Black Star of Africa, a symbol of Pan-African unity and struggle since Marcus Garvey created the Black Star Line.

This year, ACT awarded the award to the following people:

Dr. Menna Demessie

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Taskforce for Meaningful Change, Universal Music Group

Dr. Uzodinma Iweala

Chief Executive Officer

The Africa Center

Virginia Diamond


Northern Virginia Labor Federation AFL-CIO

Southern Towers Tenant Organizing Committee

Roslyn D. Gadley

Tenant Leader at Southern Towers (posthumous)

Priscilla Sims Brown

President & CEO

Amalgamated Bank

U.S. Senator Jack Reed