/ Modified feb 26, 2016 5:57 p.m.

Tucson's African Community Celebrates Black History

UA Professor has seen "significant growth and development" in Tucson's black community

praise zenenga interview spotlight Praise Zenenga, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona, being interviewed by Mark McLemore
Julianne Stanford


Praise Zenenga is an associate professor in the Africana Studies program at the University of Arizona. Originally from Zimbabwe, Zenenga has lived in Tucson for 15 years, and in that time has seen what he calls "significant growth and development" in Tucson's black community.

Zenenga calls Black History Month an important time to recognize contributions made by African Americans, and others of African descent.

He is co-organizer of an event on Saturday, February 27 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Cee Dee Jamaican Kitchen at 5305 E. Speedway Blvd.

The event is for people aged 21 and over, with traditional food and music from a band Praise Zenega sings for, The Key Ingredients of African Soul, and K-Bass and Farafina Musiki, plus guest artists visiting Tucson from the Ivory Coast.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
AZPM is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona