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African American Heritage Festival

By Christina Royster-Hemby | Posted 6/22/2005

June 24-26, Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., (410) 318-8286,, event is free, paid parking is available but public transportation is encouraged.

Imagine being in the heart of Kenya or Senegal this summer without minding the blazing summer heat around you because of the vast beauty and heritage that these countries hold in their rich histories and resources. Then, take that beautiful experience and couple it with going to an African-American history museum and celebrating all of the contributions that African-Americans have made to society. Then, take those feelings up, roll them up in a ball, add some great food and entertainment, and what do you have? The African American Heritage Festival—no passport needed. This year, it’s all going down at the usual spot—Camden Yards—and the usual suspects will be there: vendors selling beautiful cowrie jewelry, African art and drums, earthen vessels, and colorful kouffi’s (all of which we’re going to stock up on for next year), and star entertainers such as India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans, and Baltimore’s own Fertile Ground. It’s going to be the kind of fun you don’t want to miss. But if you do, we’re going to be celebrating your heritage for you, right up in front of the stage.

Main Stage B Stage Children’s Corner
Friday 24
6 p.m. Sankofa

6:25 p.m. Marvin Davis Jr.

6:30 p.m. Angela Johnson

7:45 p.m. Fertile Ground

8:45 p.m. India Arie

4:30 p.m. Speak and Spin

5 p.m. Salim

5:45 p.m. Bossman

6:45 p.m. Slick Rick

4 p.m. Jameirra Vessells

5 p.m. Divas Steppers

5:30 p.m. Baltimore Show Stopper

5:45 p.m. Catherine Kaos

Saturday 25
Noon Black Notes

1 p.m. Jeneba

2 p.m. Stryker’s Possee

3:15 p.m. Groove Stu

4:30 p.m. David Bach

5:45 p.m. Paula Campbell

6:25 p.m. Nina Mallia

6:30 p.m. Eric Robeson

7:45 p.m. Doug E. Fresh

8:30 p.m. Lauryn Hill

1 p.m. Local Talent

2 p.m. Local Talent

3 p.m. Yamma’nym

4 p.m. Anthony David

4:45 p.m. Wayna

5:35 p.m. JSOUL

6:30 p.m. Julie Dexter

8 p.m. Ledisi

2:00 p.m. Infinity Youth Group

3 p.m. Let’s Dance

4 p.m. Dora and Spongebob

5 p.m. Kinderman

Sunday 26
11:15 a.m. REAL

Noon Jameelia Drinks and Women of Worship with Jeff Bradshaw

1 p.m. Joe Copper Project

2 p.m. Big Jesse

3 p.m. F.R.E.N.S with Rudy Faulkner

4:25 p.m. Dria

4:30 p.m. Mint Condition

6 p.m. Faith Evans

Noon Sendy Brown

1 p.m. Eubie Blake Big Band

2 p.m. Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

3 p.m. Keith Ailer

4 p.m. Danny Dred

5 p.m. Chuck Brown

1 p.m. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too

1:30 p.m. TNT Explosion for Christ

2 p.m. Kinderman

3 p.m. Jameirra Vessells

3:30 p.m. Ava Fields Gospel Dancer

4:30 p.m. Eastern District Police Athletic Youth Choir

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