The Freedom Classic Festival acknowledges and commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The inaugural Freedom Classic Festival took place January 14, 1996. This one day festival has expanded to include activities throughout Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday weekend. More than 10,000 guests enjoy the creativity and diversity of festival events each year. Each year the festival partners with various corporate sponsors including the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Dominion, Verizon, Virginia Lottery, Radio One and others.
The festival has activities for the entire family including an alumni reception, drum line competition and the Freedom of Expression Art Expose’. A more recent addition to the Freedom Classic Festival, the Freedom of Expression Art Expose’ showcases live bands, spoken word, artwork and various vendors. The dynamic basketball game with southern rivals Virginia State and Virginia Union Universities gets the crowd pumped and excited. The game always includes a moving half-time tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. past artists include the Boys Choir of Richmond, John Legend, Wale, Kanye West and Raheem Devaughn to include a few. The festival continues to grow and build momentum from year to year.
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