ARISE Detroit! 18th Annual Neighborhood Day, 41st Annual African World Festival | American Black Journal
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ARISE Detroit! 18th Annual Neighborhood Day, 41st Annual African World Festival | American Black Journal

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This week in American Black Journal:

ARISE Detroit! Highlights New “My Neighborhood Matters” Campaign During 18th Annual Neighborhood Day

The 18th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day, a citywide celebration of community spirit and service, returns on Saturday, August 3. This year’s event, titled “My Neighborhood Matters,” aims to amplify the voices and stories of Detroiters. Residents are encouraged to participate by sharing stories from their neighborhoods through essays, photos and videos that will be featured on the ARISE Detroit! website, YouTube channel and local media.

The day will feature more than 100 community projects spanning the city from downtown to Eight Mile Road. Scheduled events include cleanups, beautification projects, art exhibits, music festivals and educational resource fairs. The Belle Isle Art Fair returns this year with a new event, the MotorCity Arise Car and Bike Cruise.

“Neighborhood Day isn’t just about projects; it’s about people coming together to celebrate what makes their neighborhoods special. This year, with the My Neighborhood Matters campaign, we want to shine a spotlight on the pride and accomplishments of Detroiters,” ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith said in a press release.

American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson talks with Keith about what’s planned for this year’s event and the goal of the My Neighborhood Matters campaign.

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African World Festival returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza for 41st annual celebration of the African diaspora

The 41st annual African World Festival returns to Detroit’s Hart Plaza July 12–14. The three-day extravaganza, hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, is expected to attract tens of thousands of attendees and showcase the culture, art and community spirit of the African diaspora.

Visitors can expect a diverse range of activities, including performances by well-known artists such as Third World, known for their infectious mix of reggae and R&B, and Rapsody, acclaimed for her lyrical skills in hip-hop. Other guest performers include Thandiswa Mazwai, Dumpstaphunk, Urban Art Orchestra with saxophonist De’Sean Jones and the Chris Canas Band.

The festival will also feature cultural performances by Ballet Folklorico de Detroit and TeMaTe African Drum & Dance, as well as vendors, food vendors, clothing vendors, health vendors, visual arts, live shows, community resources and more.

American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson sits down with Yolanda Jack, community engagement manager at The Wright Museum, to discuss the festival’s growth, how it celebrates the arts and culture of the African diaspora, and the many activities, vendors, and entertainment options available at this year’s festival.

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