The 30th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival continues its month-long festivities this week beginning with Grand Festival Day on Feb. 9. Grand Festival Day is an all-day affair at the Savannah Civic Center and is one of the few ticketed events of the festival.
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a health walk that traces the steps of civil rights leader W.W. Law's old postal route. The walk is followed at noon with an adult health fair that will provide health screenings and exercise demonstrations. During the afternoon there will be a variety of family-friendly events, including a Local Authors Corner; a magic show and performance by Savannah Y.E.S. Stars, and a crafts village that will include doll, mask and jewelry making.
There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. to launch the evening performances. At 4:30 p.m., the annual Youth Talent Extravaganza will begin, featuring performances by local youth and the Line Dancing Seniors. The evening's live concert is always the big draw of the day, and this year the featured performers include The Dred Scott Blues Band, James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils (JAMPS), and headliners Mary Davis and the S.O.S. Band.
Tickets for Grand Festival Day are an affordable $5 for all day admission, with free admission for Savannah State University students with ID and anyone under 18.
On Feb. 10, there will be an art exhibition reception at 3 p.m. hosted at RAW:IMAGE Barbershop and Studio, 113 E. Montgomery Crossroad. The reception for “Expressing 30 Years of Diversity, Black Heritage, and Culture through Art” will include work by local artists Richard Law, Karla Marriott and Tyriq Maxwell. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 10 to 28.
Also on Feb. 10 the festival's annual Gospel Concert will be at Overcoming by Faith Ministries, 9700 Middleground Road. The 5:30 p.m. concert will include performances by the Savannah State University Wesleyan and Anointed Voices, Georgia Southern University Armstrong Gospel Choirs, the Savannah Mass Choir of the GMWA, and headliner Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise.
On Feb. 11, the Bright Star Theater will present a 6:30 p.m. production of “Black History Hall of Fame” at Litway Missionary Baptist Church, 2335 Thunderbolt Road. Bright Star Theater will also present another production titled “George Washington Carver and Friends” at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Tatumville Neighborhood Center, 333 Coleman St. Both productions are free.
Another highlight of the festival is the annual Future of Jazz Concert and Tribute to the late Ben Tucker at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Also with free admission, it will include local and regional youth jazz vocalists and instrumentalists.
On Feb. 13, at Telfair Museums' Jepson Center, 207 W. York St., there will be a 6 p.m. presentation entitled “Celebrating Savannah's Law, Part II” which will focus on W.W. Law's impact and legacy in Savannah.
Go to Savannahblackheritagefestival.com for a full schedule of the month's events.