North Alabama African Heritage Festival

by Lynn McMillen
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Tuscumbia, AL. The Annual North Alabama African Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Willie Green Recreational Center, 609 S East St., Tuscumbia, Alabama from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The event is free.


According to Wallace Ricks, the President of the Board for the Festival, “We are so pleased that this event has grown to be one of the most anticipated and enjoyable events of the summer.  It boasts a family atmosphere with games for children, a blood drive, a voter registration booth, health screenings, prizes and a variety of educational booths.  This festival gives our local talents an opportunity to showcase their skills in education, arts, entertainment, crafts and culinary in hopes of expanding their own business interests.”


Susann Hamlin, executive director of the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, stated that she has seen this event grown from a purely local one to one that brings in people from across the region.  “The festival is a lot of fun with families using this event as a major “get together” in our community.  The music is always good and the food is superb,” Hamlin said.  “What more could you want in an event in your community.  The North Alabama African Heritage Festival Board of Directors are to be commended for bringing our community this event,” she said.


Bring your lawn chairs and come out to enjoy the day at the Willie Green Center in Tuscumbia.  The aim of the festival planners is to Educate, Enlighten, and Entertain all who attend.

The on-stage line up of entertainment is extensive and will include the following:

  1. Various Gospel Groups
  2. Umdabu Dance Company (authentic African dancers)  
  3. UHURU African dancers
  4. POZA African Drummers and Dance Troupe
  5. A Michael Jackson impersonator
  6. Dorothy Cole as Tina Turner
  7. Kush Reggae Band of Huntsville
  8. The Muscle Shoals Twirlers
  9. Fraternity and Sorority Step Show
  10. Mojo Risin’ Blues Band

Vendors and participants are from the immediate vicinity as well as from surrounding cities and states.







Press Release – Colbert County Tourism




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