Don’t Miss Naperville’s African American Heritage Festival On April 16-17

The true richness of any society can only be measured by its depth of cultural appreciation, understanding and celebration of diverse traditions.  The more we engage and explore our unique differences, the more we learn about ourselves and the common bond we share together as one human race.

While we live in the “backyard” of what I consider to be the most celebrated culturally diverse city in the country, our very own community is blessed with a level of diversity that sometimes gets overlooked.

This weekend, thanks to the African American Leadership Roundtable and Naperville’s SECA grant program, our community will have the opportunity to join together in an exciting celebration of African American Heritage at the 2010 African American Heritage Festival.  The Festival will take place on April 16-17 at the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center at North Central College.

Below you will find the schedule of events:

Friday, April 16

Liturgical Dance Fitness Session (4 – 6:00p.m.)
Festival Kick-Off & Welcome Reception (6:00 p.m.)
William H. Bigham Galleries Art Showcase (6 – 9:00 p.m.)
Glennette Tilley Turner Book signing (6:00 p.m.)
The Dreamers Wax Museum of African American History
(Encore Exhibit) (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
Called 2 Dance Performance* (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, April 17

William H. Bigham Galleries Art Showcase (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
Liturgical Dance Workshops – $20 Fee (10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.)
New Branch Theatre Company ( 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon)
ACT-SO Exhibits (12 noon – 5:00 p.m.)
ACT-SO Showcase Performances (1:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
Community Mass Choir Workshop – $20 Fee (4:00 p.m.)
African American History Workshop with Glennette Tilley Turner ( 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.)
Gospel Fest Musical Concert* featuring The Community Mass Choir & Grammy Winner Darius Brooks (7:00 p.m.)

To learn more, visit the event website at:



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