Crowds flock to Vernon Park for People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival [gallery]

Supreme Dow, executive director of Vernon Park’s Black Writers Museum, billed the People’s Poetry and Jazz Festival as a Saturday event which “promises to be uplifting, yet relaxing for the whole family.”

That positive vibe filled the central Germantown park at a time when community groups map a positive future for the space.

At the event itself, renowned Germantown poet Sonia Sanchez awarded poet, professor and civil-rights activist Askia Toure with the “Living Legend of Poetry” award.

Live jazz was scheduled to be provided by the Oliver Lake Organ Quartet and the Dahi Divine Quartet.

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The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble and the Tye’ Himba Drum Ensemble featuring Muhammad Silla from Guinea, Africa added “some positive rhythms that will move the soul,” said Dow.

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