The 41st annual African World Festival returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza July 12-14. The three-day extravaganza, organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, is expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees and showcase the culture, arts, and community spirit of the African diaspora. 

Visitors can look forward to a diverse lineup of activities, including performances by renowned artists such as Third World, known for their infectious blend of reggae and R&B, and Rapsody, celebrated for her lyrical prowess in hip-hop. Other featured performers include Thandiswa MazwaiDumpstaphunk, the Urban Art Orchestra with saxophonist De’Sean Jones and the Chris Canas Band. 


The festival will also feature cultural performances by Ballet Folklorico de Detroit and TeMaTe African Drum & Dance, as well as vendors, food, clothing, health products, visual arts, live demonstrations, community resources and more.

“American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with Yolanda Jack, Manager of Community Engagement at The Wright MuseumThey talk about the festival’s growth, how it celebrates the arts and culture of the African diaspora, and the many activities, vendors and entertainment to enjoy at this year’s festival.

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