History of the African American Heritage Committee, Inc.
The Kuumba Festival was created to recognize, showcase, and celebrate African American Cultural contributions to American culture. The name KUUMBA in Swahili means CREATIVITY. Kuumba is also one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Scotland County has a rich African American cultural heritage which goes back to the earliest years of the republic. In fact, many of our local families have ties that extend back to before the Civil War. The first Kuumba Festival in Scotland County was held in 1990. For the past eight years the African American Heritage Committee, Inc. has sponsored the Scotland County festival. This festival features dancing, drumming, storytelling and socializing, as well as a musical menu that runs from gospel to jazz. Booth spaces are available for vending food, crafts, artifacts, books, African clothing and artwork. Items should be in keeping with the festival theme. All vendors must have a NC tax ID number. Churches, schools and non-profit organizations must attach a letter with their application proving they are tax-exempted. Educational/Informational booths do not pay a vending fee. AAHC, Inc. focuses on presenting to our community professional entertainers, thus providing greater culture exposure to our area. The entertainment is at the highest professional level possible.
Our goals are:
* To share the African culture with Scotland County and the surrounding area
* To promote and preserve historical traditions
* To provide educational and recreational opportunities for our community and beyond
* To enhance the spirit of the people in Scotland County and the surrounding areas
* To promote tourism by serving as a major attraction.
Any citizen who has an interest and appreciation for the influence of African culture on the visual and performing arts may become a member.