SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe is not lacking in cultural celebrations. Resident Madeleine Wright calls the city a “global hub” for festivals like Spanish and Indian Markets.
Now, Wright wants to add an event to represent and celebrate African-American culture. She’s organized Santa Fe’s inaugural Soul Festival this weekend at First Presbyterian Church.
“We’re really optimistic about making this another major event in Santa Fe,” said Wright, a retired psychology professor who started the African Dance Society while teaching at Houston Community College.
She acknowledged the African-American population in Santa Fe is small, but said that “people come here from all over the world” who could enjoy the performances and educational experiences that the Soul Festival will offer.