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24th African American Celebration

Saturday | February 16 | Free
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Cary Theater | 122 E. Chatham Street 
Admission at the door starting at 10:30 a.m.  Seating is limited.  First come, first served.

Don't miss Cary's annual event celebrating the African-American experience. The theme for this year is “A Legacy of Pride” and will feature a panel discussion, “Hidden in the Shadows: A Conversation on Immigration in America.”

Also featured will be a diverse range of musical performances including:

Brian E. Miller – Jazz Musician

Brian Miller playing a saxaphoneBrian E. Miller is a native of Kinston, NC. As a professional, Brian has performed with vocalists Eve Cornelious, Kim Burrell, Nnenna Freelon, Phil Perry and most recently Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Terrence Blanchard, John Faddis, Branford Marsalis, T.S. Monk Jr., Tim Warfield, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Vincent Gardner and saxophonist Frank Foster. He has performed at Blues Alley with the likes of trumpeters Tom Browne and Al Strong and vocalist Yolanda Rabun. Brian is an original member of the John Brown Quintet and both the John Brown Big Band and Little Big Band.


Smooth Ivory Band

Smooth Ivory Band playing instrumentsSmooth Ivory is a band of six instrumentalists and vocalists who enjoy playing and creating diverse genres of music. They perform music that affirms love and the tenets of sound Christian doctrine. The name Smooth Ivory means “Smooth as Silk…Pure as Ivory." 




Nitia and Friends – Vocal Stylist

Headshot of Nitia Steward wearing an orange shirt and smilingMusic is a language we all understand. Nitia has the gift of setting the atmosphere with her special style of singing jazz, blues, soul, and inspirational.













Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble


Poster of two women's profiles looking opposite directions with 'Fruits of Labor' written in their hairThe Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble songs and music were born out of the struggle of organizing African-American workers in the “Black Belt” region of North Carolina and the South. Recruited from workplace and community struggles, The Fruit of Labor’s songs and music touches all because it is rooted in ageless traditions of chants, call and response, spirituals, reggae, jazz, blues, R&B, soul, folk, hip-hop, and spoken word.






The event is sponsored by the Town of Cary and the Ujima Group, Inc.


Robbie Stone
Cary Arts Center
(919) 460-4969