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15th Annual African American Cultural Celebration 

When: Sat., Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 2016




Kick off Black History Month with the N.C. Museum of History's 15th annual African American Cultural Celebration, which features dozens of dancers, speakers, musicians, chefs, artists and re-enactors. Collectively, they animate remembrances of the past—the Tryon Palace Jonkonnu Drummers embody a Bahaman street-parade tradition that has a special history in North Carolina, and actor Carolyn Evans portrays activist Mamie Till, mother of Emmett—and celebrate the present, with performances by the likes of gospel singer Mary Williams, the 130-strong MLK All-Children's Choir, spoken-word artist Tim Jackson and many others. Other guests include NAACP Image Award-winning novelist ReShonda Tate Billingsley, celebrity chef (and Rocky Mount native) Jerome Brown and local puppetry wizard Jeghetto. There are plenty of activities for kids, from watching local African-American quilting groups at work to making cowrie-shell necklaces. "This year's African American Cultural Celebration will focus on the theme Civil RightsMarch On!" says organizer Emily Grant. "It's a great way to learn about our history, both the celebratory and painful pieces of our past." Jonkonnu, after all, originated as a slave tradition, reminding us of the complexities of celebrating cultural traditions that had to prevail over such grotesque injustice. 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.,

free, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, 919-807-7900,

www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. —Brian Howe

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