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A Look Ahead At Chattanooga’s Festival Of Black Arts & Ideas

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Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas

This summer, the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts and Ideas will return throughout the month of June.

The multi-day festival celebrates Juneteenth through the contributions of artists of African descent in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature.

I spoke with Ric Morris - the festival’s founder and CEO - about a few of the highlights.

Stay tuned for conversations throughout the month of June here on “Scenic Roots” as WUTC partners with the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas.

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