African American Heritage Festival - July 25, 2009
by Harriett Gaston
Community organization at Festival
An annual African American Heritage and Arts Festival occurs approximately the 4th Saturday of July at the Penn State Altoona campus of the Pennsylvania State University.
The festival provides to the community, expressions of African American culture, history and provides the local African American community an opportunity to interact with each other and strengthen their ties to each other and to the white majority community. This occurs through providing a free venue for people of all ages to enjoy music, storytelling, dance and other appropriate entertainment. Vendors sell food, clothing, artwork, crafts, books, jewelry and other appropriate items. A children’s area is also provided with an emphasis on providing African American contributions to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States and the world.
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