The Savannah Black Heritage Festival celebrates the journey of Africans and African Americans and the ever-unfolding story of their enduring path to freedom and justice. Utilizing the theme, “Living the Legacy: Celebrating the Life of Westley W. Law,” selected programs have been incorporated in the schedule to honor the legacy of the late W. W. Law, Civil Rights activist, historian and preservationist. In addition to the Annual W. W. Law Lecture, programs have been selected to highlight Law’s legacy here in Savannah. To commemorate the first Black Heritage Festival organized by Law and held in 1988 at th King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, one of many institutions founded by him, “Let’s Go Back to the Festival” will be held Saturday, Feb 16, at the Cottage from 2:00 to 4:00pm Blues Singer Drink Smal, who sang at the first festival, will be featured along with Shelia Ray Charles, daughter of Ray Charles. Events are also scheduled at the Beach Institute African American culturak Center and the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, also established by Law. The festival’s action packed schedule, outlines activities indicative of this year’s theme. You won’t want to miss any part of this ambituious event which is presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University and supported by multiple spondors, partners and friends listed below.
Each year, the Black Heritage Festival offers events and activities for those of every age and interest in the performing and visual arts as well as other educational focused events that showcase national, regional and local talent. The Grand Festival Day falls on Saturday, Feb 9. An Array of family-oriented activities, beginning with a health fair and concluding with a star-studded concert, will keep the Savannah Civic Center busy all day and into the night. Festival events are free and open to the public, unless and event is for a specified school audience. This is the 24th festival presented by the city of Savannah and the 14th to be produced by Savannah State University. For updated information on the 2013 festival, go to www.savannahblackheritagefestival.com, or call 912-358-4309.