African-American Holidays, Festivals & Celebrations, 1st Edition

  • Kathlyn Gay
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  • ISBN-10: 0780811143
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811140
  • DDC: 394.26973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 585 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations 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 contemporary and historical African-American holidays--ranging from slave observances to Kwanzaa. Also covered are holidays and festivals commemorating notable people, historical events, and cultural heritage. Religious observances include those of various Christian denominations as well as those of SanterĂ­a and other African-based faiths.

The work includes informative introductory essays by noted scholars and librarians Jessie Carney Smith and Jean Currie Church.

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