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4th Annual Southeastern N.C. African American Heritage Festival Celebrates The Region's Rich Culture and History

August 6, 2012 - Wilmington, NC - Southeast North Carolina is among the most historically significant African American regions in the United States. In Wilmington, African American ancestry traces back to the 1700s. To celebrate the region's rich African American culture and history, The Wilmington Journal in conjunction with Urban Promotions will present the 2012 Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival on August 17-19 at Robert Strange Park (Ann Street between 8th & 10th streets) in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The theme for the 2012 Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival is “Appreciating Your Heritage.” The public festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18 with its annual Teen Summit, followed by a ribbon-cutting and pouring of libations ceremony (12 noon). Thousands of attendees will enjoy live entertainment provided by national recording artists and local talent. This year’s performers include Jada~Marie, an up-and-coming performer who was born in New York City and raised in Charlotte. Festivities on Sunday, August 19 begin again at 2:00 p.m. with regional and local gospel acts, children's groups, and other acts. Sunday’s Festival activities will be dedicated to the Life and Legacy of Anthony Jinwright, a local community activist and minister of song. On both days there will be a Kids' Pavilion with activities for children, such as storytelling, magicians, clowns and more. Food and merchandise vendors, informational brochures and a Festival Guide with a schedule of events and historical information will also be available.

Other festival highlights include a Gullah Geechee/Know Your Roots display in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center; the Powerhouse Tumblers, a tumble ministry that teaches boys and girls to reach their horizons by mastering elite tumbling skills. Playwright and producer Garrett Davis, who was named the Advocate of the Year by the National Alzheimer’s Association because of his work in raising awareness to Alzheimer’s disease through his Forget Me Not Project, will accompany the Alzheimer's Association Eastern North Carolina chapter. And special guest storyteller Bunny Rodriguez from Georgetown, South Carolina returns with her Gullah Geechee displays, sweet grass baskets, books, and handmade quilts.

The fourth annual Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival is sponsored by The Wilmington Journal, the voice and mirror of Wilmington’s African American community since 1927. For more information on the Southeastern North Carolina African American Heritage Festival please call 910-762-5502 or email sencfestival@aol.com

For a free Official Visitors Guide with information on accommodations and attractions, please contact the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-266-9690 or 910-341-4030. Or stop by the Visitor Information Center at 505 Nutt Street in Wilmington or the visitor information booth located on the Wilmington Riverwalk at the foot of Water & Market streets in Downtown Wilmington.



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