AFRAM Expo '96 planned for Aug. 2-4 at stadium Volunteers' contributions are focus of festival

July 12, 1996|By Kaana Smith | Kaana Smith,SUN STAFF

Celebrating 20 years of showcasing the African-American community, AFRAM Expo '96 will run from Aug. 2-4 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and focus on the contributions of past volunteers.

"Every year we celebrate the people who make our communities prosper," said Westley B. Johnson, chairman of the sponsoring organization, who expects attendance to reach 150,000. "This year we went back to celebrate and recognize people who started it all."

Billed as the nation's largest African-American festival, AFRAM will feature more than 200 vendors selling food and goods, and live musical performances by artists such as Monica, Keith Sweat and local talent Druid Hill.

The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. each day on parking lots B and C of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tickets are $5.

In addition to providing entertainment, the expo will donate scholarships totaling $6,000 to high school, college and graduate students. Since 1976, the focus of the expo has been education.

Four years ago, expo organizers donated $70,000 to an event rewarding about 6,000 Baltimore city children in first grade through 12th grade for perfect attendance. Since 1989, more than $200,000 has gone toward scholarships for students from city public schools.

AFRAM Expo '96 is sponsored by the African American Community Foundation Inc., which formed in 1994 to attract corporate sponsorship and organize and manage the revenue generated from the expo. This year's sponsors include the Mass Transit Administration, AT&T Corp. and the Baltimore Orioles, who presented Johnson with a check for $10,000 yesterday.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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