Roswell is proud to host the 14th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month of February 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:
By Skilled Hands
February 1-28 at Barrington Hall
An exhibit of objects from our permanent collection made by enslaved artisans.
Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, Georgia
February 1-28 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 Ruthie Foster
February 7, 8:00 p.m. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Presented by the LIVE! in Roswell series, two-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster brings her blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel to Roswell. She’s worked with The Blind Boys of Alabama and has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin. With a strong, clear and impossibly soulful voice, Foster excels at richly textured music painted in blues. She’s received five trophies from the Blues Music Awards, including the coveted Koko Taylor Award for Female Artist of the Year (twice).
Story SLAM: “Lovers & Haters”
February 9, 7 p.m., Roswell Cultural Arts Center
A monthly competitive storytelling series with a different theme each month. Each event offers 10 lucky storytellers the opportunity to dazzle us with their truths in five minutes or less. With the theme of “Lovers & Haters,” there should be some great ones! Join us for this intimate and inspiring experience.
Breaking Down Barriers Around the Table: Pound Cake Cook-Off and Southern Foodways Alliance Films
February 14 at 1:00 p.m. at East Roswell Park Recreation Center
The City of Roswell will be hosting the first Pound Cake Cook-Off. During the Cook-Off, we’ll screen two short films on the desegregation of restaurants during the civil rights movement. The juxtaposition of these events will examine the role food can play in breaking down social barriers. There will be both a professional and amateur category for Pound Cake entries with prizes in each category. Attendees will get to sample pound cake and vote for their favorite. The films, produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance, will run throughout the event.
“Slammin’ in the Suburbs”: Roswell Poetry Slam
February 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Roswell Historic Cottage
This is Roswell’s 11th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content and performance. The invitational round of competition amongst some of the region’s best spoken word artists features a $1,000 cash 1st place prize. The host is once again awardwinning spoken artist, Ayodele Heath. For details on the rules and how to participate, visit www.roswellroots.com/poetryslam.
Unity Concert featuring a Morehouse College Glee Club Quartet
Saturday, February 28, 4:00 p.m. at Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Join us for one of the most exciting events of the festival! Come hear the magnificent voices of choirs from several area churches, including Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, as they perform their favorite selections. Also, you won’t want to miss our featured guests, a Morehouse College Glee Club Quartet. Plus there will be a presentation of our Hometown Hero Award.
For a full listing of Roswell Roots events, visit www.roswellroots.com.
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