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African American Cultural Festival 

When: Sept. 5-6 2015

AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL

CITY PLAZA, RALEIGH

SATURDAY, SEPT. 5–SUNDAY, SEPT. 6

For Labor Day weekend, Raleigh's African American Cultural Festival celebrates six years of "teaching, sharing and celebrating the distinctive folk and cultural traditions of African Americans." Considering how instrumental Raleigh was in the '60s civil rights movement—the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee began at Shaw University, for instance—one would assume it had run longer. (By comparison, Durham's Bimbé Cultural Festival is nearing the half-century mark). But with each passing year, the event has added more components and strengthened its musical headliners. The festival now features The Family Village Story Corner, which highlights the African oral tradition and nurtures a love for reading. Musically, Saturday's main stage touches on some educational keystones with headliners Arrested Development, who deliver their 20-year tradition of Afrocentric rap and folksy get-down. On Sunday, contagious soul songstress Avery*Sunshine adds a glowing soundtrack to the ideal of black love. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun., free, Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, 919-833-0140,

www.aacfestival.org. —Eric Tullis

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