Roswell is proud to host the 15th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month of February 2016 in celebration of African American History Month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive African American History celebration in Georgia and features a variety of exhibits, cultural events and music performances.
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
January 30 – February 21 at Barrington Hall
Dawn Williams Boyd’s exhibit of cloth paintings reflects her interests in American history, women’s identity, and sexuality, religion and politics.
Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, Georgia
February 1-29 at City Hall Rotunda
This exhibit, co-sponsored by the City of Roswell and the Roswell Historical Society, returns to the Rotunda. It highlights the history of African Americans in the Roswell area and their influence and impact on our community since 1839. This rich story is told through the use of photographs, artifacts and textiles.
LIVE! in Roswell Presents The Blind Boys of Alabama
February 6, 8:00 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Presented by the Roswell Presents LIVE! in Roswell series, The Blind Boys are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five GRAMMY Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material
“Slammin’ in the Suburbs”: Roswell Poetry Slam
February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Roswell Historic Cottage
For an evening of exciting and inspiring entertainment unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs.” This is Roswell’s 12th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content and performance. Includes an invitational round of competition amongst some of the region’s best spoken word artists! Also bigger and better prizes! A $1,000 cash 1st place prize will be awarded. Hosted once again by award -winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath. For details on the rules and how to participate, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam.
“True to Their Native Land” Documentary Film Premiere with the Producer
February 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Roswell Adult Recreation Center
The 90-minute documentary includes filmed interviews with African American veterans of World War II from Georgia and Alabama. Fifty years later, former state senators, college presidents, and ordinary citizens tell their story: what it was like to serve in the military, not as a flying ace, but a regular draftee and foot solider. The number of veterans of this war dwindles each day and it’s important to get their stories before their voices go silent. Produced by Weldon Bishop.
Southern Sweets: 2nd Annual Pound Cake Cook-Off
Saturday, February 27, 1:00 p.m. at East Roswell Park Recreation Center
Last year, some of the entries in the pound cake cook-off contest included Toffee & Pecan Crusted Pound Cake, Sweet Potato Pound Cake and Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Is your mouth watering yet? Join us for the City of Roswell’s second annual Pound Cake Cook-Off. If you’re an amateur baker, register to enter the contest and see how your pound cake measures up. There will be prizes awarded for the top entries in both the professional and amateur categories. Attendees will get to meet and mingle with the competing bakers, swap recipes, sample delicious pound cake, and vote for their favorites. Several local restaurants and bakeries will have cake entries and will provide guest judges. For details about how to enter the competition, visit www.roswellroots.com/poundcake.
For a full listing of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.
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