Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Massachusetts is home to thousands of individuals of Ghanaian origin or descent who contribute to the Commonwealth’s rich diversity; and

Whereas Ghanaian music incorporates many distinct musical instruments, such as the talking drum ensembles, the goje fiddle, the koloko lute, and log xylophones; and

Whereas The strip-woven cloth called Kente, made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe peoples of Ghana and Togo, is the best known of all African textiles; and

Whereas Kente was originally the cloth of kings worn on special occasions, and has been adopted as a symbol of pan-African identity in the post-colonial period, worn by heads of state in many countries; and

Whereas It is appropriate that all residents recognize Ghanaian immigrants for their many contributions to the cities and towns across our Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 15th, 2012, to be,

Ghanaian Culture Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twelfth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth           

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts