Grand Festival Day, a family-fun event packed with activities and top entertainment, will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Included will be the Sankofa Traveling African-American Museum, arts and crafts, a concert and special performances. A $5, all-day admission bracelet will be required for all attendees age 18 or older. The day kicks off with a historic health walk or run at 8:30 a.m., presented by Clover Health. The walk follows W.W. Law’s postal delivery route or opt for a guided walking tour of Laurel Grove North Cemetery. Meet at the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church parking lot, West Anderson and Burroughs Streets. Preregister by calling 912-509-0942 or biy.ly/HistoricHealthWalk. Clover Health and St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Systems will host an annual health fair 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. Visit the first floor lobby for screenings, exercise demonstrations and more. Visitors can also join in the annual intergenerational aerobic line-dancing sessions on the first floor from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Kuntrell Jackson, speaker and activist, will facilitate a conversation focused on youth, the criminal justice system and life while on parole from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jackson was convicted of felony murder and aggravated robbery, and sentenced to life without parole at age 14. He was part of a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled mandatory life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders was unconstitutional. As a result, Jackson received a new sentencing hearing and is now on parole.
The Sankofa Traveling African-American Museum Exhibition will be open from noon – 6 p.m., local authors will showcase their books from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., and the crafts village will offer doll-making, mask-making, wallet-making and drum-making from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Craft sessions are limited to 25 guests per hour.
The Grand Festival Day Ribbon Cutting at 3 p.m., hosted by Magic Marc, will kick off an afternoon and evening of live performances. The annual Youth Talent Extravaganza at 3:30 p.m., featuring local talent, leads the bill. The evening concert starts at 5:30 p.m. with performances from James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMP Band), Savannah’s Nickel Bag of Funk and headliner Ready For The World.
Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine and crafts, are offered for all ages and interests throughout the celebration. The 2020 festival will be the 21st produced by Savannah State University and the 31st presented by the City of Savannah. Investment is provided by the City of Savannah. For a complete schedule and event details, call 912-358-4309 or go to www.savannahblackheritagefestival.org.