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Organizers expect 20,000 visitors across the festival's three days.  5/25/18
St. Louis African Arts Festival

The 27th annual St. Louis African Arts Festival takes up residence at the World’s Fair Pavilion at Forest Park from Saturday through Monday. 

The festival aims to educate people in St. Louis about the wide ranges of cultures among African nations and the African diaspora.

An illustration of African Americans questioning their origins.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

The 2020 census is still two years away, but there is plenty of buzz about what the federal survey will ask, including questions about citizenship and country of origin.

For the first time, people will be able to write in their origins in a blank box on the census instead of just checking a race.

The survey, which happens every ten years, is designed to count the population so federal funds can be allocated across the country. But the new questions about where people come from can generate confusion or suspicion — especially from African-Americans, who may not know where their ancestors originated, or immigrants who believe their responses might be used against them in the future.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 13, 2010 - In a day's shopping at St. Louis' ethnic markets and bakeries, one can find a world of products -- Chinese bok choy, African Fufu (plantain) flour, Turkish coffee, Halal meat, kosher matzo, South American plantains, Mexican tamarind popsicles and Bosnian lepnja, a specialty bread. From Olive to Grand, University City to Kirkwood, ethnic markets and bakeries add spice to St. Louis' food scene.