Music, magic, jubilee and more filled the air, this past Saturday, as the 31st Annual Black Heritage Festival held Grand Festival Day at the Savannah Civic Center.
The Grand Festival Day celebration was held throughout the Savannah Civic Center. Grand Festival Day is composed of several family-oriented activities centered around communal efforts and “blackness” as it is celebrated on Black History Month as a viable part of the Black Heritage Festival.
Grand Festival Day was not only entertaining but educational as well, with this first activity being the Historic Health Walk, followed by more health inspired activities sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Candler. The festival was also inclusive of Kuntrell Jackson’s Courageous Conversations with Youth as he spoke on the criminal justice system through his own experience as a 14-year-old minority that had been sentenced to life without parole. In addition there was the Sankofa traveling arts museum, a local artist corner, and so much more for participants to engage with.
The Grand Festival Day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony began, at 3 p.m., with a message from the Publisher of the Savannah Tribune Shirley James who has coordinated the festival for many years, Mayor Van R. Johnson, and Savannah State University’s Interim President, Kimberly Ballard Washington.
The program concluded with a live concert featuring James Brown Academy of Music Pupils, Nickel Bag of Funk, and Headliner: Ready for the World.
The Black Heritage Festival still has about 2 weeks left of activities, concluding on Feb. 23.
You don’t want to miss the Valentine’s Day performance by Sons of Mystro at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. For more information, please go to www.savannahblackheritagefestival.org.