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Cary’s African American Festival Honors Journalist Cash Michaels

Post Date:02/27/2017 12:46 PM


  • Cary’s Annual African American Celebration is “A Special Tribute to Cash Michaels - Reflections of a Journalist’s Life.”
  • The Cary Theater, 122 East Chatham St., hosts the festival March 3 and 4 at 6 p.m. both days.
  • Events are free; tickets are required for each evening and can be reserved in advance.

Cary, N.C. – Reserve your seats for the Town of Cary’s annual African American Celebration: “A Special Tribute to Cash Michaels - Reflections of a Journalists Life”; The Cary Theater, 122 East Chatham St., hosts the festival March 3 and 4 at 6 p.m. both days. While the events are free, tickets are required for each evening. 

Cash Michaels is an award-winning contributing writer for the Winston-Salem Chronicle and the Carolina Peacemaker in Greensboro. He is also a staff writer and award-winning columnist for the Wilmington Journal in Wilmington, NC and contributing writer for The Amsterdam News in New York. The 200-member National Newspaper Publishers Association also carries many of his stories.  Locally, he is weekly commentator for Raleigh’s 680 WPTF-AM and, since January 2008, has served as a regular panelist on WRAL-TV’s “NC Spin,” the weekly public affairs program that airs statewide.

On March 3, the Town invites ticket holders to a reception at The Cary Theater followed by a compilation screening of Michaels’ documentary work. Following the screening Tom Campbell, who hosts the weekly television program NC SPIN, moderates a panel discussion on the theme “Stay Strong: Journalism and Social Activism Together.”  Irving L. Joyner, North Carolina Central University professor of law; Afrique Kilimanjaro, Carolina Peacemaker publisher; Al McSurely, North Carolina NCAAP communications chair; attorney Deborah Ross, former member North Carolina House; and Salima Thomas, director of Member Engagement at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits will participate.

The following day, March 4, ticket holders are invited to a reception followed by an on-stage interview with Cash Michaels in which he speaks of his life and career. Jazz vocalist Eve Cornelious performs following Michaels’ presentation.

Tickets can be reserved in advance:

  • in person at the Cary Arts Center, Monday, 4-8 p.m. or
  • at The Cary Theater Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • anytime online at
  • through the eTix Phone Center, 1 (800) 514-3849, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. or Sunday, 12–8 p.m.

Assuming availability, patrons can also pick up tickets at The Cary Theatre one hour prior to any show on the day of the event.



Primary Contacts    

Robbie Stone, Arts Program and Operations Coordinator, (919) 460-4969

Marie Maguire, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4227

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240



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