February 16, 2019 in Anniston , AL
10 am-3:30 pm.website
Anniston Museum’s Black Heritage Festival is one of Northeast Alabama’s oldest continuing Black History Month celebrations. The heart of the festival is the student Oration Competition, in which young people from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade recite works of poetry and prose by noted African-American authors. Working from memory, these talented students compete for cash prizes in each age group. However, every participant wins the bigger prize of self-assurance and self-confidence as they take to the stage in front of a huge live audience to perform. Another important portion of the festival is live music and song, generally provided by a noted university choir. A variety of vendors will offer African and African-American themed wares, and lunch will be available from an on-site food vendor as well. Admission to the Black Heritage Festival is free. The event is held annually on the third Saturday of February.