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African American Heritage Festival

Kick Off: Kick Off The Lift Off

Saturday, March 23, 2019 -- 7 p.m.
Location: Great Hall Meeting Room

The Kick-Off celebration is a highly energized showcase of fun and activities for every age group. The purpose of this event is to introduce the festival to the campus and the city of Columbus. Each year Kick off strives to become bigger and better than the previous year, and this year is no different. This year, Kick- Off will be going back to its humble beginnings and bringing back the feel of the famous block party. At the Kick-Off, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle, indulge in food, and participate in various activities in the beginning. The event is the beginning of a week-long celebration and sets the tone for the rest of festival events.


Gospel Fest: Uplifting His Glory

Sunday, March 24, 2019 -- 6 p.m.
Location: Archie M. Griffin Ballroom East

Since slavery, Gospel has been an integral aspect of the Black identity, assisting in our survival of oppression through spiritual uplifting. The Gospel Festival was introduced to the annual Heritage Festival to incorporate a critical element of the Black community into the celebration of our heritage. Each year local and national artists and church choirs are invited to join in our celebration of reverence to God. With the festival's theme being "Uplift", this year's co-chairs, Mia and Taylor, aim to provide attendees with a spiritual awakening through song that will leave guests feeling inspired and of course, uplifted! Those of all religious backgrounds are welcome!


Word On The Street: Word In The Shop- Uplift Your Do

Monday, March 25, 2019 -- 6 p.m.
Location: Great Hall Meeting Room

Word on the Street is an interactive dialogue held during the week of the African American Heritage Festival. It brings the African and  African American communities together to discuss issues that affect members of the Black community locally, nationally and internationally. Word on the Street is intended to provide the community with an open atmosphere to engage in dialogue and hear perspectives of experts in various fields. Word on the Street is the epitome of empowering the community to collectively uplift.


Poetry Showcase: Lift Every Voice Poetry Slam-Elevate, Articulate, Uplift

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 -- 6 p.m.
Location: US Bank Conference Theater

The poetry showcase is a significant event for experienced and aspiring poets to showcase their best work to The Ohio State community. There will 2 rounds for poets to display their talents. The first round will consist of a poem with the theme of their choice; the 2nd round will focus on our overall theme for the 39th African American Heritage Festival, “Madhumuni,” or Purpose. Join us for a soulful night of poetry, music, and class with your fellow Buckeyes.


Variety Show: Minutes Of Fame, Lifetime Of Uplift

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – 7 p.m.
Location: Archie M. Griffin Ballroom East

Variety Show is a highly anticipated experience that showcases the talent of students on Ohio State’s campus as well as throughout the Columbus area. The event diligently strives to celebrate African American creativity and innovation. This year will focus on the diverse talents of our culture as well as uplifting our community. It will create a space of interaction and inclusion while encompassing the uniqueness of our student body


Theme Thursday: Kings And Queens Of Comedies

Thursday, March 28, 2019 -- 7 p.m.
Location: US Bank Conference Theater

Be ready to sit back and laugh your butts off! This year, we will be hosting your favorite IG comedians to tell you that this process of 'adulting' doesn't get easier, but you can laugh while you're at it


Mahogany Moments Gala: Uplifting Our Communities

Saturday, March 30, 2019 -- 7 p.m.
Location: Archie M. Griffin Ballroom East

Mahogany Moments is the highly anticipated formal dinner and dance event that marks the culmination of the African American Heritage Festival each year.  As a key component of the Festival, Mahogany Moments serves as one of the few instances the African and African American community can come together to celebrate and showcase black excellence. Attendees and guests will have the opportunity to partake in a dinner ceremony while enjoying a series of performance followed by the eventful dance portion of the evening. Throughout the night, we will also highlight key figures and honor the various achievements and legacies of the black community.