The NBAF culminated its dynamic 25th Anniversary National Black Arts Festival celebration with an extraordinary evening of music, art, culture, and of course legends on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. Established in 1988, the National Black Arts Festival’s Legends Celebration is an honorary tribute to the lives of artists, historians, critics and politicians who have made important and enduring contributions in their field. It has become NBAF’s signature event.
This year, NBAF honored individuals in music, theater, dance, film, visual arts, and literature as well as looks back at the 25-year legacy of NBAF, while also showcasing its future. The 2013 25th Anniversary Legends Celebration: NBAF 25 Years and Beyond’s honorees included visual artist Faith Ringgold, actress Pam Grier, poet and scholar Amiri Baraka, UNCF’s Michael Lomax, and more. Actress Anna Marie Horsford served as the evening’s hostess.
Atlanta’s black elite showed up for the extravaganza.