The N.C. Museum of History will hold its 22nd Annual African American Cultural Celebration today with programs including one that focuses on the freedom farmers in Edgecombe County.
This year’s festival brings together a captivating, educational and inspiring schedule of performers, presenters and community members, according to a news release from the museum.
Back to taking place in person for the first time in three years, the celebration will highlight pathways to freedom that the African American community has found, built and fostered, from past to present, the release said.
Some of the programs include:
A conversation about the founding of Rofhiwa Book Café in Durham with Beverly Boitumelo Makhubele and Naledi Yaziyo and a discussion of the curation of the café’s collection.
Chef Greg Collier, James Beard Award finalist and co-organizer of the BayHaven Food and Wine Festival, will teach a session titled “Leading with Food: What Good Leadership Tastes Like.”
“Walk through Africa to Carolina,” an exhibit about the Middle Passage, conditions on slave ships, laws concerning the importation of enslaved people and methods of their resistance.
Chef Eric Marshall, recent champion of Food Network’s Chopped, private chef and culinary entrepreneur, will lead a session on creative cooking for every level.
Learn about the freedom farmers in Edgecombe County from Turcois Vazquez, director of operations and director of Historic and Cultural Preservation, Freedom.org; and Kendrick Ransome, cofounder of Freedom Organization and owner of Golden Organic Farm.
Black Education: Virtues of the Past (Part I); and Voices of the Present and a Vision for the Future (Part II) — will be available, as well.