For more than 10 years, Mother Love Baptist Church in Louisville has been putting on its African-American Festival to bring together community members in the spirit of celebration and education.
The festival, which is held in February in observance of Black History Month, includes musical and dance performances, art and craft exhibitions and vendors, educational exhibits and presentations, and, of course, lots of delicious food.
The community-centric attitude of the event was clear. The Alcoa High School Step Team provided entertainment, while students from Alcoa elementary, middle and high schools contributed mixed-media artwork. Mother Love Baptist’s own inspirational dance team the Mother Love Angels also performed, along with choirs and vocalists from both the host church and from Rest Haven Baptist Church.
Other attractions included a presentation on the history of civil rights and a collection of 2009 inauguration memorabilia. Vendors sold everything from handmade soaps and lotions to clothing and jewelry, as well as meals of chicken, fish and ribs. For dessert, Mt. Zion Baptist Church sold baked goods.
With 10 years of experience organizing community celebrations, Mother Love threw a party many folks enjoyed. More than 300 people that came to this year’s festival and organizers hope the trend continues and next year’s event will be even bigger.