Family Day/Culture Fest showcases the history, heritage, the arts, culture, and stories that have made the Sweet Auburn historic district the center of African American culture in Atlanta.
This year the Culture Fest will include the screening of the trailer of the up-coming feature documentary film, MAYNARD, directed by the Emmy Award-winning director, Sam Pollard. The movie, expected to be released in 2018, will tell the story about the life and times of Atlanta’s first Black mayor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, II. The producers of the film will be on hand to answer questions about the film from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the National Park Service Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor’s Center on Auburn Avenue.
Some of the entertainers include Giwayen Mata, the award-winning percussion ensemble known for their traditional West African rhythms; SolRizings, a sultry eight-member female reggae band that merges reggae and soul music; and the PanSonics Steel Band sounds.
The National Park Service will offer children the opportunity to complete activities to become Junior Park Rangers. Other programs and activities for children include food presentations from Chef Jasmine Stewart, the 12-year-old winner of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five on FOX; demonstrations from DARE/DANCE/DREAM, a dance studio offering classes from professional and certified dance instructors as well as performances from their award-winning team of student dancers.