Summer of Soul Concert

What is the Summer of Soul Concert? It was a Black Cultural Festival, a series of events, mainly music concerts, held annually in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, between 1967 and 1969. It celebrated African American music and culture and promoted Black pride.

The concert put Blacks in the positive limelight; it countered some of the negatives presented about black people. It allowed black to show their talent and culture, which was supposed to be positive. The Harlem Festival allowed Blacks and Black artists to be surrounded by a strong, encouraging, and welcoming environment. The Festival helped contradict the stereotypes and racial ideas portrayed to blacks.

There were many artists that participated in the Festival and Stevie Wonder was one of many who performed at the Harlem Cultural Festival. Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Stevland Hardaway Judkins, located in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1950. Stevie was blind from infancy, but that didn’t inhibit his musical abilities, and he showed that at the Festival.

One thing about the Festival is that it was free. It was free entertainment. With it being free it made it access able to all.

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