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ARK Jammers Connection, Inc. Kicks-Off its Annual €Act of Random Kindness€

Wi Editorial Staff | 10/21/2009, 9:13 p.m.

€Bringing the Other Africa to the USA€ is the theme for The ARK Jammers Connection, Inc. annual €Act of Random Kindness€ event Fri., Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest. The event aims to mobilize the African Diaspora in the District to practice and promote acts of random kindness directed towards American children who are in need.

Avline Ava, an Afro-Jazz singer based in Paris, France, founded the ARK Jammers Connection, Inc. The ARK Connections, Inc. is a recently-formed nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, Md., that mobilizes members of the African Diaspora around the world to use their talents to improve their communities.

€It is a mission driven organization,€ Ava said. €It believes that Africa Diasporas around the world have the intellectual, material and financial capacity to become active members of their host communities while maintaining strong ties with their community of origin.€

Prior to the concert, guests can attend, €A Taste of Africa.€ The African Black Tie reception will afford guests an opportunity to sample foods from the five African regions.

The €ARK Jammers for USA Concert€ will feature a performance by the Kankouran West African Dance Company and a special presentation has been scheduled to acknowledge several African Americans who have traced their origin to a specific African country.

The event is sponsored by the African Union Mission in Washington, D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the World Bank Group/IMF African Society and the African Ambassadors Spouses Association.