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40th Annual African American Heritage Fesitval

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40th Annual African American Heritage Festival

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2017-2018 marks 40 years for The Annual African American Heritage Festival! The festival is a standing part of the university and a traditional aspect that campus and community members anticipate each year. 

This coming festival will center around the word "Urithi," which is the Swahili word for Legacy! The theme “Live a Life, Leave a Legacy” will be incorporated throughout the entire academic year as we gear up for the festival. The festival will feature talent and poetry showcases, intriguing cultural awareness programs, our annual Mahogany Moments, and this year's culminating event, Gospel Fest! We invite all of The Ohio State University community and Columbus community members to join us for our annual celebration! Please continue to look back at our schedule page for future updates to events as near the event.


Check out our promotional video for the 40th Heritage Festival!!!

Join us for the 40th Annual African American Heritage Festival, March 30th-April 7th, 2018.

This nine-day festival is presented by the Student Life Multicultural Center and co-sponsored by the Council of Student Affairs, Student Activity Fee, Black Student Association, Fisher College of Business, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, College of Social Work, College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, Department of African/African American Studies, University Libraries, and Coca-Cola.

For information regarding accessibility, to request an interpreter or other accommodations, contact Christopher Travers.