Media Advisory: 23rd Annual BCAACF

Press Release


For Immediate Release

The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival Prepares to Host its 23rd Annual Celebration of African American Culture

Towson, Maryland, September 9, 2019 -The Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival (BCAACF) is preparing to host its 23rd annual celebration of Baltimore County’s rich African American culture. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8:00am until 7:00pm on the streets surrounding the historic Towson courthouse complex. This festival will feature a variety of entertainment, vendors and exhibits for the entire family. This year will features two stages with live performances by the legendary Force M.D’s, Meli’sa Morgan, and other talented regional and local artist

The festival is proud to award scholarships to five deserving Baltimore County high school graduates from the class of 2019. This continues a 23-year tradition of providing over $100,000 in scholarships to students in Baltimore County. Also BCAACF will be honoring men and women of the military for their outstanding service during the Hero/Shero Awards ceremony.

The theme for this year’s festival is, “Celebrating Black Migration in Baltimore County”. Between 1916 and 1970, millions of African Americans relocated from the rural Southern United States to other parts of the country in hopes of finding better lives and economic opportunities, and to escape the excessive racism and violence directed toward Black people. On September 14, 2019, there will be a free bus tour to the Historic African American community of Turner Station where you will learn how this community was started with a few African Americans from other states and became one of the largest African American communities in Baltimore County. Images and information about this and other historic communities will be on display in the Historic Village at the festival on September 21st.

The festival will begin with the Nike Fun Run at 8am, followed by the Education Village program at 9:00am for students K thru 12, vocational, undergraduate and graduate students. This year the Education Village will be hosting BEMORE STEM, ISTEMS and the Maryland STEM Festival. These organizations will highlight the interdisciplinary approach to learning academic concepts through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Other attractions at this year’s festival include, Health and Wellness exhibits that will offer information and health screenings to promote healthy living. The Children’s Champion Zone will feature a variety of vendors, exhibits and activities for children.

Maryland State Speaker of the House, Adrienne Jones founded the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival in 1996. The festival is a platform to inspire produce and preserve the rich history of African-American culture in Baltimore County. Our County Executive, John Olszewski, Jr., continues to support the Festival by providing County resources to assure a successful event. The festival highlights local and national entertainers, businesses of all sizes hosting thousands of attendees each year.

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Media Contact: Dwayne Sherrod, phone (301) 683-8865, email: