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As Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Grows More Volunteers Are Needed

Andrea Blackstone | 11/15/2019, 6 a.m.
More growth is on the horizon for the well-known Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival in Annapolis. At the end of September, ...
Comedian, actor, motivational speaker and spoken word poet is a community activist and football coach at Meade High School, Chris Dillard (Red Dott) was one of the festival hosts. C. Pierre "The Fit Photographer" Parker

I sold my t-shirts from my (Dedicated Father, GOD FIRST, Dedicated Mother) T-shirt Line, which is available on www.trayscurriculum.com/store, and I was able to autograph copies of my book, “The Truth You Can’t Betray,” Chaney said. “The feeling (of participating in the festival) was an amazing feeling I can’t describe. I learned so much about the African culture. Every vendor, performer and supporter educated me on their backgrounds, and the whole entire events was just filled with love. I would come back anytime.”

Dillard (Red Dott) was the co-host of the main stage. The comedian, actor, motivational speaker and spoken word poet is a community activist and football coach at Meade High School. Dillard has hosted a plethora of national events and starred in popular television shows such as TV One’s “For My Man and BET’s “Criminal Minds at Work.” Dillard’s family has roots in Annapolis and neighboring areas.

The comedian who specializes in “improv” style, an unscripted dialogue or story says that the festival caters to all ages while providing a chance to learn about heritage and bond with family.

“The most exciting thing is going from walking the festival as a kid saying, ‘I’ll be here one day to having the mic in my hand,’ and hosting in front of my mom and grandfather who used to bring me 25 years ago,” Dillard said. “That made me realize that all the setbacks, failures and haters it’s all worth it in the end when you understand that pushing forward and using that as fuel for what God called you to be.”