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Black L.U.V Festival
September 3 @ 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
We are proud to be one of the this year’s Festival sponsors!
Festival @ A Glance
2 PM with Ancestry Acknowledgement led by Ayo Handy-Kendi
3 PM to 9:30 PM: Music, Poetry and Information
Black (Love.Unity.Vision.) Festival returns Saturday, September 3, 2022, celebrating at Fort Dupont Park Amphitheatre where it all started 25 years ago! Presented by Social Art and Culture, #blackluvfest25 is sponsored partly by DC Housing Finance Agency, the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, and the DC Department of Energy and Environment. This festival will be filled with music, poetry, and information. The event kicks off at 2 pm and continues until 945pm. This FREE family-friendly event is open to ALL as a celebration of the very best of Black culture, arts and entertainment, and activism in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
This momentous occasion hosts a stage featuring performances by Plunky & Oneness, YahZarah, Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, Proverbs Reggae Band, and poet Laini Mataka; along with DJs Scientific and Underdog. Lastly, the festival continues to honor icons for decades of social impact within the Black Community. Recognition for The Fannie Lou Hamer World Community Service Awards celebrates two couples: Globally Renowned Artists Allen Uzikee Nelson and Januwa Moja presented by Grammy-nominated Poet Theresa Tha Songbird; and legendary Radio Personality, Kojo Nnamdi honoring iconic filmmakers Haile Gerima and Shirikiana Aina Gerima. Sugar Bear and EU will receive the Scotty Beats Stop the Violence Music Award presented by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie.
Black L.U.V. Fest25 hosts a marketplace curated by Nubian Hueman featuring Black-owned small businesses of the DMV, along with an Environmental Justice pavilion presented by the DC Department of Energy and Environment and Words Beats & Life youth pavilion. The day hosts even more activities with a community resource area featuring partners: American Diabetes Association, 11th St Bridge Park, Empower DC, The MEDI Community Resource Center, Ward 8 Community Economic Development, Spaces In Action, and Social Security Works.