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Today the 11th Annual African American Cultural Celebration gets underway at the N.C. Museum of History. Activities begin at 11 a.m. til 4 p.m. with more than 75 presenters. There will be musicians, award-winning authors, storytellers, dancers, playwrights, re-enactors and others who highlight the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina. The celebration is presented in partnership with the N.C. African American Heritage Commission. The event and weekend parking are absolutely free.

Participants can see performances of African rhythms of Djembe Talk (drum talk) by Eugene Taylor to the uplifting acapella harmonies of the men’s quartet the Mighty Gospel Inspirations, the celebration offers a mix of entertainment for the entire family. Presenters range from children’s author Kelly Starling Lyons to basket maker Neal Thomas. And there’s plenty for kids: a scavenger hunt, hands-on crafts, and more.

Also, the African American Cultural Celebration salutes the contributions of North Carolina’s 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access or Facebook.

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