AFRAM: Family Fun in a Changing City

Summer Festival Road Trip: The weekend celebration remains a wholesome event in troubled Baltimore.

AFRAM in 2012 (
AFRAM in 2012 (

For another taste of black culture in the Charm City, visit the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center (847 N. Howard St.), named after the Baltimore native and legendary ragtime pianist and composer. This nonprofit organization supports visual- and performing-arts education and development opportunities for children and adults in Baltimore’s African-American community through dance classes, jazz workshops, a film series and an annual Kwanzaa celebration. The center also has an art gallery, which is available to rent as an event space. Admission is $5.

Click here for The Root’s ultimate summer festival guide, and find out where to eat, sleep and party while you’re attending some of the season’s hottest events.

Tracy E. Hopkins is a lifestyle and entertainment writer in New York City whose work has appeared in the Associated Press and Essence magazine; she began her career as a reporter at the Baltimore Afro-American.