To the editors:
This is to express the concern of the entire Ghanaian Community in Chicago about an advertisement that appeared in the 23rd February 1990 issue of the THE READER (Section 2, Page 13).
The advertisement purports to organize a dance in celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the Independence of Ghana, by the Dukson International Productions on Saturday March 3, 1990.
We of the Central Committee of The Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago want the general public to be aware that the advertised dance at the Longshoreman's Association Hall is not the official celebration of the 33rd anniversary of Ghana's Independence by the Ghanaian Community of Chicago.
We want the public to be aware that the dance is being organized by a private individual from Nigeria who has no Ghanaian roots and connections whatever, and that we, the Ghanaian Community do not recognize that dance as representing our sovereign independence or having been sanctioned by The Ghanaian Community in Chicago. The Ghanaian Community has its programme.
Our programme for the 1990 anniversary of Ghana's independence is as follows:
1. Sunday March 4, 1990 at 12:00 noon, non denominational church service at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5900 South Woodlawn.
2. Saturday March 10, 1990 at 8:00 p.m., Fundraising Dance at the McCormick Hotel. Invited guests include Ghana's Ambassador to the United States and the Mayor of Chicago.
3. Saturday March 24, Symposium on African immigration to the United States.
The above activities are being co-sponsored by the Ghana National Council, The Ghana Medical Foundation, The Ghana Community Church, The Chicago Commission on Human Relations and the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.
We hope that in the interest of the respect of the sovereignty of Ghana, this will be understood and that undermining the sovereignty of States by Nationals of other nations for their selfish aims will desist immediately.
Dr. K. Lartey
Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago