Black Heritage Festival blends cultures of Africa, SW La.

By Special to the American Press

The annual Black Heritage Festival will

be held March 7-8 and feature live entertainment including headliner

R&B artist Lenny

Williams, food, and activities for all ages. The festival brings

together the cultures of Africa and Southwest Louisiana and

highlights the best in the community.

The two-day event opens up with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the theater at Central School, 809 Kirby St.

Saturday’s events on March 8 will take

place at the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, and will

include a Baby

Expo/Healthy Baby Contest, Vendor’s Expo, Africana Culture

Performances Extravaganza, Zydeco Aerobics, a Hall of Fame Ceremony,

educational workshops among others.

Several spaces in the Civic Center will

focus solely interactive activities and workshops focusing exclusively

on black heritage.

Food booths in the interactive experience will serve Louisiana

Creole and traditional African-American foods, including gumbo,

jambalaya and barbecue.

For live entertainment, the smooth

sounds of acclaimed R&B artist Lenny Williams beginning at 5 p.m. as

well as zydeco musician

Chris Ardoin 2-6 p.m.

Children will be able to enjoy games, face painting, balloon art, and a youth talent show. Door prizes will also be given

away including bicycles, tablets, movie passes and more.

Admission is $5 before 2 p.m. and $10 after 2 p.m. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, call (337)

304-0620 or visit for a complete schedule of events.