Black Heritage Festival Opens with Silent March


Abeni Cultural Dance Group
Abeni Cultural Dance Group

The 21st annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival will take place Feb. 6- 21, 2010. This year’s opening activity introduces a new event that underscores the festival theme – Our Journey From a Glorious Past.

The Silent March to the African-American and Haitian Memorial monuments will commence at noon on Feb. 6. Marchers will convene at First African Baptist Church, 23 Montgomery St., where they will hear the “Call to Remembrance” by professional storyteller Lillian Grant- Baptiste, who will lead a community call and response.

The return path will include a remembrance at the Haitian Memorial Monument, which is located on Franklin Square near the church.

The inaugural Silent March is presented by the festival in association with the Savannah Waterfront Association and First African Baptist Church.

In conjunction with this year’s Savannah Black Heritage Festival, Abeni Cultural Arts will be hosting free performances at Sol C. Johnson High School.

Local performance group, Abeni Cultural Arts will be presenting a performance entitled Visions: An Odyssey in Black Dance, on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The performance will present a journey through history with African, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop dance.

Abeni Cultural Arts was founded in 2006 by Muriel Miller, who is the Artistic Director Darowe McMillon, who is the group’s manager, and Stephanie Sykes-Davis.

The culminating event of the 2010 festival will return to First African Baptist Church for a performance by the internationally renowned Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all female a cappella ensemble that performs shouts, gospel and spirituals indigenous of African and African-American culture. The performance will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21.

While the concert is free, an open-seating ticket is required for admission.

For ticket details, visit www.savannahblackheritagefestival. com.

The 21st Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah.

For additional schedule information, visit the festival web site or call (912) 351-6320

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