|Annual Caribbean Heritage Festival|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:48|
The Sherman Lee Sterling Foundation presents The Annual Caribbean Awareness Festival (AKA Caribbean Jerk Fest) on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Arthur Shores Park on Shuttlesworth Drive between 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham’s Mayor, the Honorable Mayor William Bell will be the festival’s Grand Marshall.
The theme for this year’s festival is Diabetes! Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s efforts to further awareness of Type 2 Diabetes in the community. The festival will feature live reggae music from international and regional reggae artists, including a opening tribute to Bob Marley to be performed by SEEFARI. Other highlights of the festival include a Caribbean Jerk Chicken Contest, Children’s Village, and Caribbean Marketplace with Food and Craft vendors and Health Awareness activities.
This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of the festival’s former Music Director, the late Ms. Lou Jean Johnson. Ms. Johnson, long-time keyboardist and music director for The Sterling Brothers Band succumbed to complications from diabetes in the fall of 2011.
Reggae artists from Jamaica, Canada and the USA have rallied around their fellow musicians to help raise awareness of this deadly disease while sharing the rich heritage of Caribbean Culture with the people of Birmingham. It is fitting that these diverse musicians are coming together in Birmingham, a city with a rich history as a pivotal site in the civil rights movement. In this city where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous “Letter from a Birmingham jail” musicians of diverse backgrounds will come together “for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood”. These musicians will not only entertain, but also strive to educate, enlighten and inspire the people of Birmingham, while setting an example for the youth.
Pledges by phone, email and direct mail are all welcomed