Harlem decided to dedicate a whole day to Lupita Nyong’o, and it’s the best thing ever.
On Tuesday, Congressman Charles Rangel and Voza Rivers, Chairman of the Harlem Arts Alliance, announced that October 20 is officially “Lupita Nyong’o Day” in Harlem, New York. The honor was announced as a surprise during an open discussion between Nyong’o and image activist Michaela Angela Davis at Mist Harlem, a restaurant located in the popular and predominantly black neighborhood.
Immediately after the event, Nyong’o posted a video on Instagram to share her appreciation. “My heart is swollen with the love and welcome I just received from the Harlem Community,” she wrote.
“It was incredible, she was moved to tears,” Davis told The Huffington Post. “Harlem essentially said: ‘Welcome home, Lupita, here you are so loved, here you are so supported.’ It said to her, ‘this is home, too.'”
Rivers told HuffPost he chose to honor Nyong’o in Harlem because the area is known for its fusion of a diverse array of cultures from Africa and America. He said her connection and success on both continents — and her influence on black communities everywhere — made her the perfect candidate. “It was something very inviting about her that I said that if I was going to make a recommendation on someone it would be her,” he said. [Huffington Post]
If anyone deserves such an honor, it’s Lupita. She’s beautiful, gracious, socially-conscious, and understands and celebrates how important she is to black women everywhere.