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Talks & Tours

The Cultural Agency of Detroit’s African World Festival


This virtual conversation features Njia Kai, co-founder of NKSK Events + Production LLC, and El-Ra Radney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for the Department of African American Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Kai completed her 13th year as Director of the internationally renowned African World Festival in 2019. This three-day cultural arts extravaganza presented by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History attracts over 150,000 festivalgoers annually. 

Dr. Radney has a forthcoming book, based on his doctoral dissertation entitled, "Pan African Agency and the Cultural Political Economy of the Black City: The Case of the African World Festival in Detroit", which radically changes the narrative of Detroit from its “troubled Black city” framing, and captures its true distinctive African heritage character in the traditional cultural elements of its Black place-making and is the basis for this public program.