Latest update May 30th, 2019 12:49 PM
The 13th annual Harlem Renaissance Festival begins Saturday at the Columbia Park/Kentland Community Center in Prince George’s County. The event is free for everyone.
The event features music, guest speakers, and performances from local artists. The stages and event areas are named for famous clubs during the Harlem Renaissance: Cotton Club, Connie’s Inn, Small’s Paradise, and more.
One of the featured speakers will be Dick Gregory. He is best known as a comic who uses satire to portray his message on civil rights.
One of the key messages of the festival is the building of community, especially among our region’s African-American neighborhoods. “There was a recognition [in the Harlem Renaissance] of what was called the ‘new Negro,'” said David Harrington, the chairman of the Harlem Remembrance Foundation. “We’re connecting that to what’s going on today.”
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