African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Edition

  • Keith Jones
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  • ISBN-10: 0780816064
  • ISBN-13: 9780780816060
  • DDC: 394.26973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This updated second edition presents the history, customs, symbols, and lore of more than 100 diverse holidays and festivals celebrated by Americans of African descent in the United States. Events covered include historical and contemporary African-American holidays— ranging from slave observances to Kwanzaa. Also covered are holidays and festivals commemorating notable people, historical events, cultural heritage, and religious beliefs. Religious observances include those of various Christian denominations as well as those of Santería and other African-based faiths. Each entry covers the official name and date of the holiday or festival; its history and how it was created; when and where it was first celebrated; where and how it is observed today; places to visit and relevant organizations, with contact information; and sources for further reading.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations.
1: The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County.
2: African American Day Parade.
3: African American Heritage Festival.
4: African American Women in Cinema Film Festival.
5: African Film Festival.
6: African Street Festival.
7: African World Festival in Detroit.
8: African World Festival in Milwaukee.
9: African-American History Month.
10: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life.
11: AfroSolo Arts Festival.
12: American Black Film Festival.
13: August Quarterly.
14: Battle of Olustee Reenactment.
15: Bessie Smith Strut.
16: Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.
17: Black Arts Fest MKE.
18: Black August Benefit Concert.
19: Black Cowboy Parade.
20: Black Music Month.
21: Black Poetry Day.
22: Bridge Crossing Jubilee.
23: Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic.
24: Buffalo Soldiers Commemorations.
25: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.
26: Chicago Gospel Music Festival.
27: Church Homecomings.
28: Church Revivals.
29: Colorado Black Arts Festival.
30: Corn-Shucking Festival.
31: Crispus Attucks Day.
32: Dance Africa.
33: DC Black Pride.
34: DC Caribbean Carnival.
35: Denver Pan African Film Festival.
36: Down Home Family Reunion.
37: DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival.
38: Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival.
39: Emancipation Day.
40: Emancipation Day in Hutchinson, Kansas.
41: Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C..
42: Festival Sundiata.
43: Fillmore Jazz Festival.
44: Football Classics.
45: Founder's Day/Richard Allen's Birthday.
46: Frederick Douglass Day.
47: George Washington Carver Day.
48: Georgia Sea Island Festival.
49: Ghanafest.
50: Goombay!.
51: Greek Organizations' Conventions.
52: Haile Selassie's Birthday.
53: Haitian Flag Day.
54: Harambee Festival.
55: Harlem Week.
56: Harriet Tubman Day.
57: Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration.
58: Hollywood Black Film Festival.
59: Homecoming Emancipation Celebration.
60: Homowo Festival.
61: Honoring Santería Orishas.
62: Idlewild Music Festival.
63: Ifa Festival and Yoruba National Convention.
64: IFE-ILE's Afro-Cuban Dance Festival.
65: Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration.
66: J'Ouvert Celebration and West Indian-American Day Carnival.
67: Jackie Robinson Day.
68: Jerry Rescue Day.
69: Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture.
70: Juneteenth.
71: Junkanoo.
72: Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival.
73: Kuumba Festival.
74: Kwanzaa.
75: Maafa Commemoration.
76: Malcolm X's Birthday.
77: Marcus Garvey's Birthday.
78: Mardi Gras in African-American Traditions.
79: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday.
80: Miami Bahamas Junakoo Festival.
81: Millions More Movement March.
82: Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival.
83: MOJA Arts Festival.
84: NAACP Image Awards.
85: National Baptist Convention, USA, Annual Session.
86: National Black Arts Festival.
87: National Black Family Reunion Celebration.
88: National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference.
89: National Black Theatre Festival.
90: National Freedom Day.
91: Negro Election Day and Coronation Festivals.
92: Odunde Festival.
93: Olokun Festival.
94: Pan African Bookfest and Cultural Conference.
95: Pan African Festival of Georgia.
96: Pan African Film & Arts Festival.
97: Paul Robeson's Birthday.
98: Penn Center Heritage Days.
99: Pinkster.
100: Rondo Days Celebration.
101: Rosa Parks Day.
102: Satchmo SummerFest.
103: Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival.
104: Sistrunk Parade and Festival.
105: Slaves' Christmas.
106: Sugar Grove Underground Railroad Convention.
107: Sweet Auburn Springfest.
108: Tuskegee Airmen Convention.
109: Umoja Karamu.
110: W. C. Handy Music Festival.
111: Watch Night.
112: Watts Summer Festival.
113: West Indies Emancipation Day.
114: Women's Day Celebrations.
115: Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.
Appendix 1: Chronology.
Appendix 2: Calendar of Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations.
Appendix 3: Geographical List of Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations.
Organizations—Contact Information and Websites.
Photo and Illustration Credits.