Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, is presenting its annual African-American Heritage Festival from June 8th to 12th, 2021. It will be a combination of virtual and in-person events.
All events are free. The in-person events will require tickets, which are free, but limited.
The 2021 African American Heritage Festival is made possible with support from the Arts & Science Council.
Tuesday, June 8th, 11 a.m. Live streamed: Charlotte Ballet will offer a live streamed dance demonstration featuring West African dance traditions. The program will explore movement, music, costuming and more.
Tuesday, June 8th, 12 p.m. Live streamed: The “What’s in a Name?” live streamed Lunch & Learn will feature a conversation with Charlotte community historian Tom Hanchett, JCSU archivist Brandon Lunsford and representatives from Tuskegee and Fisk universities. They will discuss the origins of the Rosenwald Fund, which helped build thousands of schools for African American children in the South during the Jim Crow era.
Wednesday, June 9th, 12 p.m. Live streamed: Playwright and actress Lakeetha Blakeney joins the museum for a live streamed conversation that explores African American food, hair and fashion as they were, as they are now and how they could be in the future.
Friday, June 11th, 4 p.m. In person at the museum: JazzArts will perform a concert in person at the museum. Limited tickets are free and must be reserved in advance.
Saturday, June 12th, 12 pm. to 4 p.m. In person at the museum: Afternoon on the Grounds. Witness the “Chronicles of Adam” first-person historical narrative with interpreter Dontavius Williams, see a performance by Drums 4 Life, explore a new exhibit that tells the story of the historic Siloam School and watch art in motion as local artists Makayla Binter, Abel Jackson, Marcus Kiser and Ricky Singh paint portraits of notable Black Charlotteans. Visit charlottemuseum.org/events for specific performance times.