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The Carver Branch Library was a colourful sight on Saturday, 7 May 2016. Outside, the parking lot was a decorated market square with an energy that was fuelled by the nearby drum circle. Inside, community members were deep in conversation about the historical and contemporary perspectives on what it means to be African-American.
San Antonio held its first annual Pan-African Cultural Festival on 7 May, 2016. The event was hosted and sponsored by Seeds of Calabash Folklore, the Carver Branch Library, Ra Ma'at and Tahjee, Kwansaa San Antonio, and MAAT Marketing.
While drummers, dancers, and vendors prepared for the outdoor celebration, Baba Aundar Martin hosted a panel discussion with people from various countries with large African populations, to offer alternative viewpoints to African American culture.
Baba Aundar Martin assured the audience that this won't be the last Pan-African Cultural Festival to grace the Alamo City.
Following the discussion, guests were allowed to join the festivities outside. The video above features some of the great performances you missed at the 2016 Pan-African Cultural Festival. The music was performed by xylophone player, T-Bow.