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The Senegalese Flag Raising
April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
The City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop, the Municipal Council Members and the Office of Cultural Affairs do hereby congratulate the Senegalese Community of New Jersey on their 61st Anniversary of Senegal Independence during the Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, April 5, 2021. National Anthems of both nations were played.
The territory of modern Senegal has been inhabited by various ethnic groups since prehistory. Organized kingdoms emerged around the seventh century, and parts of the country were ruled by prominent regional empires. The present state of Senegal has its roots in European colonialism, which began during the mid-15th century when various European powers began competing for trade in the area. The establishment of coastal trading posts gradually led to control of the mainland culminating in French rule of the area by the 19th century, albeit amid much local resistance. Senegal peacefully attained independence from France in 1960, and has since been among the more politically stable countries in Africa.
Senegal and French Sudan merged on April 4, 1959 to form the Mali Federation which became fully independent on June 20, 1960 as a result of the independence and the transfer of power agreement signed with France on April 4, 1960. Due to internal political difficulties, the Federation broke up on August 20th when Senegal and French Sudan each proclaimed independence. Léopold Sédar Senghor was proclaimed Senegal’s first president in September 1960.
Senegal’s economy is centered mostly on commodities and natural resources. Tourism and hospitality have become burgeoning sectors in recent years. A multi ethnic and secular nation, Senegal is predominantly Sunni Muslim with Sufi and animist influences. French is the official language, although many native languages are spoken and recognized.
The members of Senegalese community has contributed greatly to the social and economic fabric of our City of Jersey City, Hudson County and New Jersey State in many areas of our society. The richness of ethnic traditions and cultural ancestry of the Senegalese community serve as an example of our democratic system of values.
Attendees from Left to Right :
Council President Joyce Watterman, Municipal Council of Jersey City
Massamba Beye, President of SCNJ
Olymata Diouf, General Secretary of SCNJ
Councilwoman Denise Ridley, Ward A of Jersey City
Mayor Steven M. Fulop, City of Jersey City
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