Second annual Pan African Festival scheduled for Decatur

Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights and City of Decatur will host the second annual Pan African Festival on Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. in downtown Decatur.

The free festival is open to the public and begins at 101 E. Court Square in Decatur. Plans for the festival include music and performances, speakers, events for children and teens, a film and panel discussion, and an African marketplace, according to a news release.

City of Decatur officials added that “a self-guided walking tour leads visitors to 12 points of interest around the city.”

 “We have a new stage and sound system this year to ensure an experience which will inform and inspire the entire family,” said festival co-chair and producer Phil Cuffey.

Event organizers said V103’s Osei “The Dark Secret” will host the event and Giwayen Mata returns as opening act to perform.

The press release added that there will be musical performances by Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective, DJ EmpLove, DJ Naka, Ras Kofi Da Farmah, and DJ Kemit, and hip hop and spoken word from the Young Creators of The Black Man Lab’s We Need You album.

“Beacon Hill’s Pan African Festival will be a celebration of the African diaspora,” said co-producer Fonta High. “We are excited about adding a film showcase, an African marketplace, and children’s village to this year’s event.”

Civil rights attorney and author Mawuli Davis, a Decatur resident, is also a co-chair of the Pan African Festival.

“Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights’ mission is to empower, advocate, educate, and organize people of African descent affected by systemic racism and oppression on issues of equity in education, housing, and the legal system in the city of Decatur and surrounding communities,” said Davis.

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