Savannah State University and the City of Savannah are collaborating to present the 31st annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival, which began February 1 and will end on Feb. 23. The theme for this year’s festival is “Your Story, My Story, Our Stories”.

The festival is a nonprofit organization that depicts the story of African Americans and describes the journey of people who continually influence American culture and history. This organization works to allow young people to have the ability to look back on their ancestors’ history and encourages young people to strive better on their behalf.

The festival also works to broaden the knowledge and appreciation of the contributions of African Americans to society. The development of American history and culture are illustrated in the genres of dance, music, theater, the literary and visual arts, lectures, hands-on crafts workshops, health and wellness activities, financial planning and entrepreneurial education, and intergenerational experiential learning opportunities. Events are family-friendly and all are free of charge.

The Savannah Civic Center was host to the Grand Festival Day on Saturday which focused on health and wellness activities, financial planning, entrepreneurial education, and intergenerational experiential learning opportunities. 

“I really enjoyed the black heritage festival event that was held at the Civic Center. There were so many cool vendors and fun people who are excited about the culture. The kids were all dancing; I had a really good time,” says Kelsy Brown. 

Visit http://savannahblackheritagefestival.org/events/ to learn more about upcoming events and to help empower your community.

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