Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival

Dancers perform during the 20th annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival in Annapolis. (Handout photo / August 6, 2007)

The annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival will not go on as scheduled this month after organizers said they could not raise enough money to hold it.

The Annapolis festival has celebrated African-American history and honored the legacy of slave Kunta Kinte since 1987. It usually features musical performances, food, arts and crafts, African dance and drumming and storytelling.

Organizers announced on the festival's website that they had not been able to raise enough money to hold the event this year, but that they still planned on holding it next year. The festival has drawn tens of thousands in various locations over the years.

Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley, a descendant of Kinte, told his ancestor's story in his novel Roots, which was made into a television miniseries. Kinte was captured in his homeland of Gambia in West Africa and sold into slavery, arriving in Annapolis in 1767.

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