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Black History Month in San Diego – Kuumba Fest

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image from creativecommons.org

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Since its inception in 1925, Black History Month has helped bolster the recognition of African American contribution to society. The intimate ties between San Diego and its involvement in black history continue to have a lasting impact (read more here from the SD Historical Society), demonstrated by the plethora of San Diego events held in the honor of Black History Month.

This February will mark the 18th anniversary of Kuumba Fest: Black to Greatness, Mind Body & Spirit. It will be the culmination of the traditional 28 days of festivities, celebrating African American history, community achievements, and culture.

Originally began as an event to culturally empower and educate the San Diego youth, Kuumba (creativity in Swahili) Fest grew into an annual arts & culture festival open to the community celebrating positive images, challenges, and spiritual awakening. Mark your calendars, this year’s Kuumba Fest will span three days, showcasing numerous community productions, including a Royal Court, step and dance competition, gospel music, and youth theater. The event will also feature a variety of interactive workshops, an exotic open-air market, and traditional food vendors.

A wonderful opportunity to explore San Diego’s cultural heritage, this is only one of the many (and I stress many) events you can attend to celebrate Black History Month. I strongly encourage you to check out a comprehensive list of all the events, available at the San Diego Traveler website.

Kuumba Fest
March 12-14, 2010
Lyceum Theater, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Ticket prices: single tickets $29 – $53; active military, student, and senior discounts available.

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