The President of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), Hon. J. Shiwoh Kamara has praised the exemplary roles of the Liberian Association in Michigan (LAM) and the Association of Liberians in Indiana (LAII), with calls to foster sustained unity and people-centered development.
The President made these remarks at the inaugural ceremonies of the two associations during the weekends of January 13th and 20th. Hon. Kamara said ULAA was gratified by the camaraderie, community enthusiasm and the services these chapters are providing for their respective membership.
“For and on behalf of the National Administration, the Chairman and members of the National Board of Directors, the National Leadership Council and the entire membership of ULAA, the National President congratulated the two leaderships. The President further added that their election demonstrates a new dawn in their communities. “And all we can hope for is that they will make their communities proud.”
The ULAA boss said as part of his leadership engagement with stakeholders, former presidents, and community leaders, the Union will continue to seek peace, unity, and development aimed at ensuring a prosperous diaspora Liberian community.
“I challenge all Liberians under the sound of my voice to use this occasion to reconcile their differences,” he pleaded. “Cause it’s only with unity we as a community and people can succeed.” “Let me also use this occasion to call on the great state of Michigan, that we at the Union crave your return. We hope you can reconsider so that we can continue the great work we started together years ago.”
The ULAA boss also vowed to continue regional engagements and called on Liberians to take pride in the recent passage of the Dual Citizenship Bill by the George Weah-led administration. “This is a victory for all Liberians. It’s because of you, we did it,” he added.
He noted that a national celebration for the passage of the said bill has been planned for March 25, 2023, in the City of Philadelphia. ULAA wants all Liberians across the nation to come and celebrate this big win, he stressed. He further called on Liberians in the two states to support their local chapters’ leaderships, stressing that progress would remain faint without support.
The event in Michigan was graced by several local and federal officials, all of whom pledged their support to the organization. The Liberian community in Michigan recently elected Mr. Manix Kromah, President, while in the State of Indiana, Mr. Julius Parker, was elected President, of the Association of Liberians in Indiana (LAII).
The Liberian Association of Michigan (LAM) was established in 1971 by newly arrived college students in the City of Detroit, Michigan. The Association was later incorporated in 1980, and in early 2000 it became a 501 (c) (3) IRS-certified non-profit organization. Meanwhile, the Association of Liberians in Indiana (LAII) was established in 2002 and has a population of over 5000 Liberians. The leadership has a tenure of three years.
ULAA Communications Department