by Bob Geary
In the it's-about-time category, Raleigh launches its first African-American Cultural Festival next weekend, just before Labor Day. This should help make up for the loss of the CIAA basketball tournament to Charlotte. (The less said about efforts to replace it with the MEAC tournament, the better.) Raleigh's got a long way to go in putting its rich black history and culture forward. Hopefully this event is a step in that direction.
Anyway, the program sounds good:
Inaugural African-American Cultural Festival Set For Sept. 3-5
Raleigh residents are invited to enjoy their Labor Day weekend at the first ever African American Cultural Festival. The festival will be a celebration of African-American art and culture and will be held on City Plaza, Charter Square and the 400 block of Fayetteville Street September 3 through September 5.
After a welcome reception on Friday, September 3, Saturday and Sunday will feature African-American arts and crafts, specialty items and food vendors. At City Plaza, the "main stage" will be filled with local, regional, and nationally recognized acts. Scheduled performers include Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble, the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and others. The headline act for the day will be Chuck Brown and His Large band.
Located adjacent to City Plaza at Charter Square will be the site of a family-friendly "village" featuring entertainers and performances. The day also will include educational and interactive programming for children highlighted by a performance by "Magic of African Rhythm."
For a complete list of performances and additional information, visit www.aacfralwake.org