Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

African American Heritage Festival Committee

45th Annual African American Heritage Festival Committee

42nd Word on the Street

Past Years: 42nd Word on the Street

42nd Variety Show

Past Years: 42nd Variety Show

42nd Mahogany Moments

Past Years: 42nd Mahogany Moments

42nd Poetry Showcase

Past Years: 42nd Poetry Showcase

42nd Theme Friday

Past Years: 42nd Theme Friday

42nd OSU Reads

Past Years: 42nd OSU Reads

42nd Kick-Off

Past Years: 42nd Kick-Off

UNITY: The 45th African American Heritage Festival

Unity: UMOJA

We are the 45th African American Heritage Festival Committee! Throughout the years, the African American Heritage Festival has become a staple here at The Ohio State University and the larger Columbus community. The mission of the festival is to promote and provide a space for community, visibility, creativity, and education at The Ohio State University and in the greater Columbus Community. We also aim to commemorate and build upon the legacy of the African and African American experience.

This coming festival will center around the word "Umoja", which is the Swahili word for Unity! The theme Unity will be incorporated throughout the entire academic year as we gear up for the festival. The weeklong festival will feature talent and poetry showcases, intriguing cultural awareness programs, and our annual 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.


Join us for the 45th Annual African American Heritage Festival, February 24, 2023 – March 4, 2023.

This week-long festival is presented by the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change. For information regarding accessibility, to request an interpreter or other accommodations, please contact Lade Gbolade.