September 26, 2019
"If you want to understand America, if you want to truly understand the greatness of America, one of the things you need to do is visit Africa. Because when you go to Africa, you learn so much about how this country grew and the traditions and the spirit that was brought here. And people were brought here against their own will, in so many cases. We should never sugarcoat that history.Today's generation, thank God, is making a choice to come here. But the contributions of African people over centuries and particularly the contributions we see today – a whole new generation bringing so much to New York City, so much to America. All I can say is thank you, thank you everyone." Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the African Heritage Reception.
Remarks were also delivered by First Lady Chirlane McCray and honoree, Iman.