The African American Downtown Festival was founded by Lucille Hall Porter, who was also the founder and director of the Community Leaning Post, a nonprofit organization that helped disadvantaged youth and families. The festival was organized to help remember the contributions of those black business leaders and is held in Ann Arbor’s Historic Black Business District.
Today the festival is organized by the Ann Arbor Cultural and Community Events Coalition, the traditional event aims to cater to all ages. Expect live band performances; jazz, pop and dance music. Mascot characters will also be present to keep spirits high. Vendors sell lemonade, BBQ, jewelry, handmade arts, clothing, books and various beauty products.
We have spent the last 24 years celebrating diversity in southeast Michigan, come out and join us this year for the 25th Annual African American Downtown Festival!