Kunta Kinte Celebrations, Inc. will be holding a spectacular fundraising event to raise funds to ensure the future preservation of the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. Kunta Kinte Celebrations, Inc. is dedicated to reviving the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival so people can be enlightened to the rich African American history of Annapolis.
- African Threads: Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Fundraiser
- Location: ADEK Productions – 1801 West Street, Suite 105, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
- Time: 6-10PM
- Cost: $25 in advance, $35 at the door
Attendees will enjoy a night of live music, dance performances, food and drink, raffles and more, intended for ages 21+. African attire is encouraged. All proceeds will support the 2015 Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. In addition to the Fundraising Event, supporters can go to www.kuntakinte.org or www.razoo.com/story/kkhfgiving2015 and make a tax deductible donation to support the 2015 Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival during the 2015 Giving Campaign, February 1st through March 31st.
The original Kunta Kinte celebration was held in Annapolis in September 1987. Over the years, the festival has grown and it continues to be a historical occasion for African Americans and people from all walks of life to come together. The free festival is open for all to enjoy cultural music, diverse food, heritage exploration and just plain fun at the Annapolis City Dock. It is a perfect location for the festival as the site is now memorialized with a statue of historian and author Alex Haley, a descendant of Kunta Kinte.
In 1767, Kunta Kinte was one of 98 slaves brought aboard the ship Lord Ligonier to Annapolis city dock to be sold into slavery. This legendary character is known from Alex Haley’s best-selling novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, for he never lost his connection to his African heritage despite many years in bondage. Kunta Kinte’s experience symbolizes the struggle of all ethnic groups to preserve their cultural identity. To learn more about the history of the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, obtain information about the event, participate as an artist, exhibitor or vendor, or make a tax deductible contribution, please visit the site at www.kuntakinte.org or email us at [email protected].