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Rwanda coming into view during Africa in April 2023

The Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc. will salute the Republic of Rwanda – a Central African nation of nearly 14 million – through Sunday.

The 36th annual celebration kicked off on Wednesday (April 19) with the International Business and Entrepreneur’s Luncheon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis.

Shannon A. Brown, the retired senior vice president of FedEx’s Eastern Division of Operations and chief diversity officer, is this year’s Executive of the Year.

The festival, which is spearheaded by Dr. David Acey, executive director and Yvonne B. Acey, associate director, once again will be anchored Downtown in Robert R. Church Park.

Vendors, about 150 of them, will showcase a variety of fashion, food and other items. Live music will add to the festival’s soundtrack, featuring multiple genres (blues, jazz, reggae) with Sunday focused on gospel.

Affecting children is a huge part of the festival’s mission and there is a children’s activity center to build upon that.

On Friday, the International Diversity Parade will reverberate near Church Park, beginning at 10 a.m.

The celebration of the 36th annual Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc., which is honoring the Republic of Rwanda, kicked off on Wednesday (April 19).

Hours and admission

Robert R. Church Park will vibe with the sights and sounds of the festival from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. 

Admission is $10 after 4 p.m. Friday; $10 Saturday and Sunday.

(Visit africainapril.org. for more information.)

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