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National Black Arts Festival highlights: July 31

The National Black Arts Festival continues through this weekend. Check back every morning to see some highlights from the day’s events.

Events for Friday, July 31

Books: An E. Lynn Harris tribute will use stories and poems to celebrate the author, who died recently as a result of heart disease. 6:30 p.m. July 31. Woodruff Arts Center. FREE.

Dance: Atlanta African Dance and Drum Festival will teach classes for children and adults, featuring music and dance from Guinea, Mali and Ivory Coast. 6 p.m. July 31, 10 am. Aug. 1-2. Morehouse College Archer Hall Gym, 894 Fair St. in Atlanta. $12 per class for adults, $10 for groups, $5 for children.

Music: “To Sing The Truth: A Tribute to Nina Simone” includes performances by Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Joi Gilliam and Lisa Simone Kelly. 8 p.m. July 31. Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall. $20-55. STORY.

Storytelling: The Literary Salon opens for a day of workshops featuring storytelling through quilting, filmmaker Jonee Ansa and writers such as Tina Ansa, Farai Chideya and Nelson George. The salon runs noon-8 p.m. July 31. Woodruff Arts Center. FREE. (Updated 6 p.m.: Nelson George event canceled!)

Visual Arts: The International Marketplace at the festival opens today. The market runs noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. FREE. STORY.

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17 comments Add your comment

Jamie Gumbrecht

August 5th, 2009
1:44 am

“If you’ve got time to judge, you’ve got time to love.” Very nice. Thanks, Eternity.


August 4th, 2009
2:58 pm

Race, gender and sexuality are serious issues in America…indeed, around the world. Myself being a non-hetero black male, I can certainly attest to that. And yet there are those from every walk of like who have something worthwhile to say, something much needed to give. This article was written by a white woman who clearly understands this dynamic. She has risen above the fray, attempting to enlighten us all with good news–doing us proud. We all have our crosses to bear, but if you’ve got time to judge, you’ve got time to love.

Margaret Kargbo

August 3rd, 2009
4:29 pm

thanks Jamie for posting this info…and for quelling the hate that some people just can’t seem to get over. many thanks!


August 2nd, 2009
1:10 pm

You can find black art on building walls downtown, overpasses, and in the ‘hood. Who needs a freakin festival when black art is all over?


July 31st, 2009
8:41 pm

And this is why we need a National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and across the United States. Is it 2009 or 1909?


July 31st, 2009
3:41 pm

Sorry Jamie…this is supposed to be about fun things to do in the ATL. However, until people overcome their fears and lack of knowledge about other races and also seek more exposure to other ethnic groups and traditions, there will be very little racial change in this country. I didn’t see anything in your blog stating that this festival was only for black people…


July 31st, 2009
3:31 pm

Mark, wouldn’t it be nice if you were PEOPLE??!! Don’t be mad…maybe in your next miserable life…PILGRIM…