African Street Festival set for this weekend

Monday, September 10, 2001 at 1:00am

Tennessee State University and the African American Cultural Alliance are putting on the 19th annual TSU African Street Festival, the largest ethnic event held on a historically black college campus, Sept. 14-16 on the TSU campus.

The free festival caters to people of all ages, races and religions, offering a variety of music, food and crafts, said Kwame Leo Lillard of the African American Cultural Alliance.

"You just can not find a better event in Tennessee that has all of those trappings for an entire city to come into it," Lillard said.

According to Lillard, the festival has also produced a number of small businesses over the years. He said vendors who have set up shop in the past have realized being an entrepreneur is possible.

"Because it is a low capital investment venture they mainly realize how they can make this into a career," Lillard said. "It's an economic incubator for a lot of small entrepreneurs, small crafts people and professional services."

Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, director of public relations for Tennessee State University, said holding the event at TSU also brings a lot of attention to the campus.

"We are very pleased with the relationship we have (with the African American Cultural Alliance) and we hope to continue it," Qualls-Brooks said. "And it's a good outdoor experience for the whole community of Nashville."

The festival will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

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