Complete with live performances, historical exhibits and art that highlights Baltimore’s rich Black influence, this year’s African American Heritage Festival is sure to give families across the area the perfect Father’s Day weekend.

Kicking off on June 18, R&B crooner Ryan Leslie will open for the blue-eyed soul balladeer Robin Thicke. On June 19, various artists will perform throughout the day, concluding with a special performance by soul legend Patti LaBelle. Rounding out the Father’s Day celebration on June 20, the audience will be anointed by the sounds of the Sears Choir, followed by a performance by Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin.

This event will draw “attendees from Baltimore, D.C., Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. expecting 300,000 people this year,” said LaRian Finney, the festival’s chairman.

Attendees can also participate in the new educational and historical exhibits, an interactive children’s area and a variety of specialized villages offering free educational programming in financial empowerment and health services and resources.

Now in its ninth year, the African American Heritage Festival has widely expanded to be the premier African-American event in the Mid-Atlantic region, celebrating the historic contributions of Blacks to society.

“There is a clear focus on the representing all that is great about the African-American experience, from the arts, history, culture and music,” Finney said. In addition, we are committed to providing tools and resources to eradicate disparities in health, education and financial literacy.”

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Gregory Dale

AFRO News Editor