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2004 Black Enterprise African American Travel Guide presented by Allstate.

As member of a remarkable group of people who have overcome many obstacles in the quest to gain financial independence and full participation the free market system, you are in constant need of quality information. Your goal has always been to build wealth and financial success for you and your family. However, success is a journey--not a destination. Therefore, it's important to enjoy this journey in every phase of your personal, professional, and financial growth. As you keep an eye on the future, always remember the past and celebrate the rich culture that has made you the strong people you are today.

To help you celebrate and plan for a fantastic journey this year, Allstate sponsored this African American Travel Guide specifically for you. This is a compilation of 20 destinations, each inviting you to visit. Introduce yourself to the many diverse and cultural selections that make each city unique. Each city's convention and visitors bureau is offering a sampling of the best restaurants, entertainment hot spots, and cultural places for you and your family to enjoy.

This African American Travel Guide is designed to assist you in your journey across the United States. And as you use this guide to connect with family and friends, know that your partner Allstate appreciates you.

atlanta

Atlanta in a nutshell ... world-class restaurants, festive nightlife, major-league sports teams, and diverse cultural events help make Atlanta a No. 1 destination for African American travelers. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, Atlanta promises visitors a trip filled with entertainment and cultural heritage.

Restaurants--City Grill (50 Hurt Plaza, 404-524-2489), originally the Federal Reserve Bank for the Southeast, built in 1912, Southern-style fine dining. Commune (1198 Howell Mill Rd., 404-609-5000, www.communeatlanta.com), American and classic fare with a twist. Nava (3060 Peachtree Rd., 404-240-1984), Southwestern flavors and modern hacienda decor at Buckhead's hottest crossroads.

Entertainment--Club 112 (2329 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE, 404-261-0155), hip hop's hottest spot. Club Vision (1068 Peachtree St., 404-874 4460), 25,000-square-feet, premier spot to show up and show off. Sambuca Jazz Cafe (3102 Piedmont Rd., NE, 404-237-5299), jazzed-up supper club and posh Buckhead hot spot.

Cultural Sights/Events--National Black Arts Festival (7/16/04-7/25/04, www.nbaf.org), event recognizing the achievements of artists of African descent. Georgia Power Atlanta Football (September), known as the "Super Bowl of Black College Football," more than 52,000 fans travel to the Georgia Dome. Atlanta University Center (440 Westview Dr., SW, 404-522-8980). Most of the six schools date back to right after the Civil War, and include Morris Brown College, Clark-Atlanta University, Spelman, Morehouse, Interdenominational Theological Seminary, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Little-Known Fact--Mayor Shirley Franklin is the first female African American mayor of Atlanta and the first female African American mayor of any major city.

baltimore

There's so much to discover in Baltimore ... Famous for its Inner Harbor, proud neighborhoods, and devotion to delicious crabs, Baltimore offers visitors amazing experiences in African American culture. Around every corner are unique, emotional stories of African American contributions to life in Baltimore and beyond. Baltimore is rooted in African American culture, offering visitors one-of-a kind social, historical, and educational experiences.

Restaurants--Downtown Southern Blues (889 N. Howard St., 410-728-4889), fine dining, Southern soul food with a twist. Charleston (1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373) Bon Appetit named Charleston "the city's finest restaurant." La Tesso Tana (58 West Biddle St., 420-837-3630), African American owned, features Italian cuisine and seafood.

Entertainment--Harborplace (200 E. Pratt St., 410-332-4191), 101 unique shops, 16 sit-down restaurants, and 40 diverse eateries, live entertainment. Power Plant Live! (34 Market Pl., 410-727-LIVE), premier dining and entertainment district, restaurants and nightclubs, outdoor seating. Jaspers Restaurant (9640 Lottsford Ct., Largo, MD, 301-883-9500), interactive entertainment with guest celebrities, 45 minutes south of Baltimore

Cultural Sights/Events--Lexington Market (400 W. Lexington St., 410-685-6169), historic public market established in 1782, more than 140 merchants selling foods of every description. African American Heritage Festival (June 18-20), jazz, R&B, rap, and gospel; food and family events; largest celebration of African American artists on the East Coast.

Little-Known Fact--The $33 million Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History will open in late 2004 and house the East Coast's largest collection of artifacts and exhibits chronicling the African American experience.

charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina, is a city that celebrates its diversity and comes together to create a great atmosphere for African Americans. It is a historical, world class city with Southern hospitality that has earned the well deserved description "The New Accent of the South." It gives you an outstanding collection of arts and cultural venues, fine dining, and good down-home cooking. Get ready for flavor, excitement, and shopping as you explore the "Queen City."

Restaurants--Mert's Heart & Soul (214 N College St., 704-342-4222), low-country and Cajun cuisine, excellent dessert menu. Anntony's Caribbean Cafe (2001 E. 7th St., 704-342-0749), ethnic and Caribbean, chicken, pork chops. Simmons' Restaurant (516 N. Graham St., 704-334-5640) soul food, BBQ ribs, fried chicken, smothered steak.

Entertainment--Varga Lounge (305 W. 4th St.; 704-338-1441), source for sophisticated, upscale night life. Excelsior Club (921 Beatties Ford Rd., 704-334-5709), historic black nightclub since the 1950s. The Savoy (3930 Brookshire Blvd., 704-394-5505), Big Band, live classic jazz, R&B, and Latin.

Cultural Sights/Events--Afro-American Cultural Center (403 N. Myers St., 704-374-1565), home to the Hewitt Collection of African American Art; changing exhibits of painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media shows. Levine Museum of the New South (200 E. Seventh St., 704-333 1887), exhibits tracing the history of African Americans through the cotton plantations, Civil Rights, and segregation. Juneteenth (www.juneteenth.com, 6/19/04), food, music, dancing, storytelling, family fun, and more.

Little-Known Fact--In 1867, Mrs. Henry Biddle contributed money and Colonel W.R. Myers donated land to help establish the Biddle Institute, a school to train black ministers.

chicago

Chicago is a waterfront city of unsurpassed beauty that offers year-round fun. From world-class museums, great jazz and blues clubs, and award-winning theaters to many free cultural events, world-famous sport teams, and unforgettable shopping, Chicago is a great leisure destination.

Restaurant--Buddy Guy's Legends (754 S. Wabash Ave., 312-427-0333) Cajun and soul food, blues featured nightly. One Sixtyblue (160 N. Loomis St., 312-850-0303), contemporary French influence, co-owned by Michael Jordan. Wishbone (3300 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-549-2553), soul food, "best food value in Chicago." Pizzeria Uno (29 E. Ohio St., 312-321-1000), Chicago deep-dish pizza.

Entertainment--Andy's Jazz Club (11 E. Hubbard St., 312-642-5805), finest live jazz. Funky Buddha Lounge (728 W. Grand Ave., 312-565-1695), world's best DJs, organic juices, and a nonsmoking room. Shark Bar (212 N. Canal St., 312-627-0800), Southern food, bar, and dance floor.

Cultural Sights/Events--Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-PIER), more than 50 acres of parks, shops, restaurants, and entertainment attractions. DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Plc., 773-947-0600), one of the most notable African American museums in the nation, features "Fight to Fly" (Tuskegee Airmen) and "Harold Washington in Office." The Taste of Chicago (June 25-July 4, Grant Park), more than 70 different food vendors, free concerts, 2003 festival included Erykah Badu and india.arie. Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St., 312-747-4300), America's largest central library named in honor of the late Mayor Washington.

Little-Known Fact--Jean Baptiste Point du Sable built the first permanent settlement in Chicago at the mouth of the river just east of the present Michigan Avenue Bridge.

cleveland

The world's only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, world-class arts, great professional sports, and record breaking coasters aren't the only reasons why Cleveland rocks. Add the rush of emotion you feel when you take part in all of this, and you realize Cleveland rocks because you experienced it.

Restaurants--Alexandria's (1275 Main Ave., 216-344-4500), Southern comfort food, pro athletes frequent. Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant (6125 Saint Clair Ave., 216-391-9400), exotic, authentic gourmet, no conventional tables, just low furniture made of carved wood or baskets. Sergio's in University Circle (1903 Ford Dr., 216-231-1234), Brazilian cuisine tucked in a tiny carriage house.

Entertainment--Spy Bar (1261 W. 6th St., 216 621-7907) Monday night football specials, swing and salsa classes, jazz, spoken word, jungle lounge, and funk nights. Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant (2035 E. 4th St., 216-241-7425), comedy, fine cuisine, and cocktails in the Gateway District.

Cultural Sights/Events--African American Museum (1765 Crawford Rd., 216-791-1700), one of the first museums of its kind in the US. African American Heritage Trail sites including "Station Hope," part of the Underground Railroad. Rock & Soul: Celebration of Black Music (June, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 1 Key Plaza, 216-781-7625). Karamu House (2355 E. 89th St., 216-795-7070), African American cultural center founded in 1915.

Little-Known Fact--In 1936, Clevelander Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany. In all but one of these events, Jesse set Olympic records. Jesse was the first American in the history of Olympic Track and Field to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

columbus

Experience Columbus--where it's all about variety. Black Entertainment Television recently named Columbus the No. 1 city in the nation for black families--and it's easy to see why. Diverse neighborhoods, family attractions, exciting sports and entertainment, and a vibrant arts scene are all easily found.

Restaurants--Brownstone on Main (122 E. Main St., 614-222-3005), Southern-style comfort foods, live jazz and soul performers. Blues Station (147 W. Vine St., 614-884-BLUE), full menu of blues influenced cuisine. Mitchell's Steakhouse (45 N. Third St., 614-621-2333). Lindey's (169 E. Beck St., 614-228-4343), the city's most beautiful dining venue.

Entertainment--Easton Town Center (www.eastontowncenter.com), shopping, entertainment and dining. Arena District (www.arena-district.com), downtown's hottest nightspot. Tapatio (491 N. Park St., 614-221-1085), a popular stop, the patio out front is a great spot on summer nights.

Cultural Sights/Events--Columbus Jazz Orchestra (www.columbusjazzorchestra.com), America's oldest organization dedicated to jazz. Columbus Jazz & RibFest (July 16-18, riverfront, three full days of jazz and ribs, the largest free rib festival in the nation with more than 50 tons of barbecue. The King Arts Complex (www.thekingartscomplex.com), cultural center devoted to African American works and history, frequently hosts dramatic performing arts events; The Heritage Concert Series features jazz performers in the summer.

Little-Known Fact--E.E. Ward Transfer & Storage Co. is recognized by the U .S. Department of Commerce as the oldest continuously running African American owned business in the country.

dallas

Dallas ... A Dynamic Destination known for world-class accommodations, innovative cuisine, and fashion forward shopping. Visit the largest urban arts district in America, sample our 79 international cuisines, or shop a wide range of clothiers from couture to casual. Come be our guest, the entertainment options are endless.

Restaurants--Tiki's (408 S. Harwood Rd., 214-747-8454), open almost a year, modest restaurant serves totally honest soul food. Texas de Brazil (2727 Cedar Springs Rd., 214-720-1414), Brazilian, all you-can-eat, meat-on-a-spike. Avila's Mexican Restaurant (4714 Maple Ave., 214-520-2700), devoted to quality, freshness, and family recipes.

Entertainment/Hot Spots--Deep Ellum (2727 Canton St., 214-526-8077), headquarters for live music. The Royal Palm (2816 Main St., 214-742-4743), reggae. Chocolate Bar (2825 Commerce St., 817-791-5166,) hip-hop. Sambuca (2618 Elm St., 214-744-0820), multicultural crowd, traditional jazz supper club.

Cultural Sights/Events--Fair Park, a 277-acre historic landmark, eight museums, including the African American Museum, one of a kind in the Southwest, impressive collection of African American art. Black Invitational Rodeo, May 29, 2004. Grambling vs. Prairie View A & M State Fair Classic, October 2, 2004.

Little-Known Fact--Deep Ellum was a mecca for jazz and blues artists. In 1920, 12 nightclubs, cafes, and domino parlors were open, and by 1950, the number had grown to 20.

houston

Houston, a.k.a. SpaceCity, USA, represents all that is typically Texas--and much, much more. Offering the best in entertainment, shopping, dining, fine arts, multicultural experiences, and family fun, Houston has it all.

Restaurants--17 American Food (1117 Prairie St, 832-200-8888), New American fare, downtown boutique hotel. Zydeco Louisiana Diner (1119 Pease St, 713-759-2001). This Is It (207 Gray St, 713-659-1608), downtown neighbor, traditional soul food that soothes and nourishes.

Entertainment/Hot Spot--The Main Event! (Main Street), Houston's premier downtown street party. Scott Gertner's SkyBar (400 Montrose Blvd, 713-520-9688), live music venue, features some of today's most popular and influential jazz artists. Club Ambiance (5851 Southwest Fwy. 713-660-7294), a hot spot to dance, live national R&B acts; after work buffet and talent search on Saturdays.

Cultural Sights/Events--Buffalo Soliders National Museum (1834 Southmore Blvd, 713-942-8920), history, tradition, and contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers. Ensemble Theatre (3535 Main Street, 713-520-0055), oldest African American theater in the southwest. Bayou Place (500 Texas St.), variety of entertainment and dining options.

Little Known Fact--Project Row Houses is a public art project in Houston's 3rd Ward. Ten of the 22 row houses are dedicated to art, photography, and literary projects, designed to speak to the history and cultural issues relevant to the African American community.

jacksonville

With 22 miles of white, sandy beaches, more than 50 first-class golf courses, and historical sights to explore, adventures abound for visitors in Jacksonville. Whether you are looking for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or weekend excursion, Northeast Florida has something for everyone.

Restaurants--River City Brewing Company (835 Museum Circle, 904-398-2299), a variety of custom brews and seafood. Bistro AIX (1440 San Marco Blvd, 904-398-1949), a trendy menu, hip, urban restaurant. Sticky Fingers (363 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 1, 904-241-7427), just blocks from the beach, Memphis-style barbecue.

Entertainment--Riverwalk (Museum Circle, 800-733-2668), located on the St. Johns River, features a variety of shops and restaurants. Seawalk Pavilion, jazz concerts, moonlight movies, festivals, and special events almost every weekend in the spring and summer. Jack Rabbits (1528 Hendricks Ave., 904-398-7496), all ages, hip-hop to spoken word.

Cultural Sights/Events--LaVilla Museum (825 W. Davis St.. 904-632-5555), African American history and rotating exhibits. Kuumba African-American Arts Festival (May), jazz, R&B and gospel music, traditional and modern dancers, African and Caribbean cuisine.

Little-Known Fact--In 1868, Stanton High School became Jacksonville's first public school for African Americans. Named after Edwin M. Stanton, an outspoken abolitionist and Secretary of War in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, it became the only high school for African Americans in the country.

kansas city

From the bright lights of skyscrapers to dimly lit jazz and blues clubs, Kansas City, Missouri, offers endless entertainment options. There are dozens of unique museums, fantastic shopping, and the best barbecue on the planet. Kansas City's central location makes it easy to get to and reasonable prices make the fun affordable.

Restaurants--Peachtree at 18th & Vine (1512 E. 18th St., 816-472-8733) upscale African American-themed restaurant. RedVine Cajun Restaurant & Jazz House (1700 E. 18th St., 816-472 8463), Cajun and Caribbean food, live jazz, and comedy.

Entertainment/HotSpots--Blue Room (1600 E. 18th St., 816-474-2929), one of the top jazz clubs in the world, part of the American Jazz Museum. Various clubs showcase Kansas City's own dance, "the two-step," including The Epicurean (7502 Troost, 816-333-4541) and Old School (8825 Troost, 816-444-1040).

Cultural Sights/Events--American Jazz Museum (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463), exhibits celebrating jazz greats such as Armstrong, Ellington, and Fitzgerald. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (1616 E. 18th St., 816-221-1920), history of African American baseball prior to 1947, when Kansas City Monarchs' Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Folly Theater (300 W. 12th St., 816-474-4444) presents the Folly Jazz Series with performances by nationally recognized jazz greats.

Little known fact--Charlie Parker nurtured his talents against a backdrop of swinging Kansas City jazz and became one of the most innovative and influential jazz musicians ever.

indianapolis

Indianapolis, is the sixth largest African American community in the Midwest. From being the catalyst of jazz and blues music to the home of Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire, Indianapolis' African American community has always possessed a rich heritage. Also, don't miss some of Indy's largest events, Indiana Black Expo and Coca-Cola Circle City Classic, which together attract over 600,000 people to Indianapolis each year!

Restaurant--Jazz Kitchen (5377 N. College Ave., 317-253-4900), live music, New Orleans-inspired menu. Country Kitchen (1831 N. College Ave, 317-925-4476), soul food. The Melting Pot (5650 E. 86th St., 317-841-3601), all-fondue eatery, bar, and music.

Entertainment--Vapour Lounge (5252 E. 82nd St., 317-577-9570), South Beach-style nightclub, dance, hip hop & R&B. Club Mecca (2802 Merchants Dr., 317-920-5915), hip-hop; Thursday ladies night.

Cultural Sights/Events--Indiana Black Expo (July), youth conference, employment fair, health fair, music festival, exhibits, and art exhibitions. Black American Military Heritage Exhibit (Indiana War Memorial), traces the history of African Americans in U.S. military conflicts. Circle City Classic (Oct. 2), second largest black college football classic, 150,000 people, special events including an out- I door festival, parade, football game, and a Battle of the Bands.

Little-Known Fact--Madame Walker Theatre Center, a national historic landmark, stands as a memorial to the woman who made her fortune manufacturing haircare products for African Americans.

memphis

What makes the Memphis experience such an unforgettable one? Let's start with our world class, state-of-the-art attractions like The National Civil Rights Museum, Soulsville: STAX Museum of American Soul Music, or the juke joints and taverns lining the second most popular entertainment district in the country--the legendary Beale Street. Memphis is a city that knows how to let the good times roll.

Restaurant--Charlie Vergos Rendezvous (52 S. 2nd St., 901-523-2746), one of the city's best BBQ spots. Arcade Restaurant (540 S. Main St., 901-526-5757), home-style breakfasts, plate lunch specials--a favorite for 80 years. The Cupboard (1400 Union Ave., 901-276-8015), Southern, home-style grub since 1943.

Entertainment--Beale Street (203 S. Beale St., 901-526-0110), nightclubs, restaurants, and souvenir shops. Peabody Place Retail and Entertainment Center (150 Peabody PI., 901-261-7529), specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment retailers. Precious Cargo (381 N. Main St., 901-578-8446), Coffee bar, poetry, hip-hop, house music, jazz, and reggae.

Cultural Sights/Events--Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum (145 LT George W. Lee Ave., 901-543-0800), explores music in Memphis; visual displays, recorded interview excerpts. National Civil Rights Museum (450 Mulberry St., 901-521-9699), located at The Lorraine Motel, the site of King's assassination, exhibits include the Freedom Rides, Brown v. Board of Education. Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival, three days of Jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, and hip-hop.

Little-Known Fact--At the beginning of the 20th century, music legend W.C. Handy developed the blues art form in PeeWee's Saloon on gaudy Beale Street. In 1977 Congress honored this musical heritage by declaring the city "Home of the Blues."

miami

Considered one of the nation's most exciting cities, Miami is not only a tropical paradise destination, but also a melting pot of cultural venues and happening attractions. Filled with an array of fun activities for the whole family, Miami continues to be at the cutting edge of all that is HOT! Offering top-notch culinary delights, outstanding accommodations, diverse entertainment, and "fun in the sun," Miami is in a class by itself. We invite you to create vacation memories that will last a life time.

Restaurant--Sabor Restaurant (1501 Ocean Dr., 305-532-4131), hot spot serving Mediterranean food. Jerry's Famous Dell (1450 Collins Ave., 305-532-8030), unique, extensive menu of more than 700 items. Puerto Sagua (700 Collins Ave., 305-673-1115), Cuban diner, comfort food. Tap Tap (819 5th St., 305-672-2898), Haitian cuisine and music.

Entertainment--Nikki Beach Club, (1 Ocean Dr., 305-538-1231), outdoor, mixes the best of Jamaica, Saint-Tropez, and Ibiza. Wet Willie's (760 Ocean Dr., 305-532-5650), famous for its frozen cocktails, a popular hangout. Mango's Tropical Cafe (900 Ocean Dr., 305-673-4422), dance restaurant and club with reggae, Latin, and Caribbean music.

Cultural Sights/Events--American Black Film Festival (July 14-July 18, 212-219-7267), International showcase of independent films by African Americans. Coconut Grove--Cocowalk, village of funky cafes, shopping, nightlife, and annual festivals and cultural activities. Black Heritage Museum (15801 SW 102nd Ave., 305-252-3535), permanent collection of more than 60 tribal artifacts, as well as a large collection of black Americana.

Little-Known Fact--Get a peek at the Dana A. Dorsey Residence, home of one of Miami's most prominent black real estate entrepreneurs during the 1900s; now a private residence with no tours.

milwaukee

Milwaukee is a city made up of many cultures and ethnicities, culminating in a rich fabric that drapes the city in a wide diversity of traditions and customs. From performing arts and museums to a dozen ethnic festivals throughout the summer, Milwaukee is a cornucopia of cultural and ethnic offerings.

Restaurant--Mo's ... A Place for Steak, Milwaukee magazine's prestigious award of Best Steak in Milwaukee, Readers Choice Award. African Hut, authentic African cuisine. Savoy (2901 N. 5th St., 414-374-7321), soul food with a Cajun accent, upscale setting, jazz.

Entertainment--Riverwalk (downtown), restaurants, bistros, outdoor cafes, and shops; always open. ARJ's Jazz & Blues Club (3120 W. Villard Ave., 414-616-7660), top spot for live jazz, blues, and R&B; three separate bars, dance floor, diverse, sophisticated crowd.

Cultural Sights/Events--America's Black Holocaust Museum, only museum in the U.S. dedicated to educating visitors about the African American Holocaust. Summerfest (June 24-July 4, Henry Maier Festival Park, 800-273-FEST, www.summerfest.com) the world's largest music festival, 11-day event offers musical entertainment on 13 different stages, the area's finest restaurants, comedians, children's play area, daily demonstrations, and activities, and amusement park rides provide something for everyone. African World Festival (July 30-Aug. 1, Henry Maier Festival Park, 414-372-4567) a world of heritage, culture entertainment, and family activities, the Midwest's premier three-day celebration of African heritage and culture.

Little-Known Fact--Joe Oliver, a cook on the schooner that brought city forefather Solomon Juneau was the first African American to legally vote in an election.

nashville

Nowhere else but Nashville will you find the quality, quantity, and diverse styles of music that are represented in Music City. Nashville offers year-round historical and cultural sites including the historical Jefferson Street area, once the hub of the artists like Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cox, and Etta James; Fisk University's Van Vechten Art Gallery to see the works of Cezanne, Renoir, O'Keeffe, and others. Visit Tennessee State University, home of the famous Tigerbells and alma mater to Wilma Rudolph and Oprah Winfrey.

Restaurant--F. Scott's (2210 Crestmoor Rd, 615-269-5861), neighborhood restaurant with sophistication. Elliston Place Soda Shop (2111 Elliston Pl., 615-327-1090), '50s diner, meat-and-three and soda shop. Swett's-Farmers Market (900 8th Ave. N., 615-742-0699), soul food, cafeteria style.

Entertainment/Hotspots--Prizm Nightclub & Bar (15128 Old Hickory Blvd., 615-837-8608), top hip-hop, R&B, and reggae dance club. Club Caliente (207 3rd Ave. N., 615-369-6555), salsa club. Kijiji Coffeehouse (1207 Jefferson St., 615-321-0403), coffee house, fresh deli sandwiches, African coffee beans, and homemade desserts.

Cultural Sights/Events--Historically black colleges: Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College. Night Train to Nashville (March 2004-December 2005), exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, focuses on the Music City Rhythm & Blues influence. Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival (June 19, 2004), a celebration of jazz, food, and fun. The African Street Festival (Sept. 18-19, TSU), music, food, shopping, concerts, children's events, fashion shows, and more.

Little-Known Fact--Deford Bailey was the first African American to perform on the Grand Old Opry. He was a harmonica wizard.

new york

New York City is considered the greatest city in the world for a reason; actually there are about a million reasons. From high-fashion shopping to dynamic nightlife, world renowned museums, and awe-inspiring performances, nothing beats The Big Apple.

Restaurants--Justin's (31 W. 21st St., 212-352-0599), owned by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, southern cuisine. Sylvia's "Soul Food" Restaurant (328 Lenox Ave., 212-996-0660) internationally known, traditional soul food. Sugarcane (238 Flatbush Ave., 718-230-3954), Caribbean, live entertainment. Junior's (386 Flatbush Ave., 718-852-5252), famous cheesecake and desserts.

Entertainment/Hot Spots--S.O.B.'s (204 Varick St., 212-243-4940), calypso, reggae, salsa, poetry, and hip-hop. Alvin Alley Dance Theater (211 W. 61st St., 212-767-0590) internationally acclaimed dance company. The Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St., 212-531-5300), world-famous, historic landmark theater. 40/40 Club (6 W. 25th St, 212-989-0040), Jay-Z's sports bar, flat-screen televisions, lounging.

Cultural Sights/Events--The African Burial Ground (290 Broadway), cemetery for 20,000 African Americans in the 1700s; 33rd Annual International African Arts Festival (July 2004, 718-638-6700), family gathering, performances, food, crafts.

Little-Known Fact--Slavery was abolished in New York State in 1827, 38 years before the entirety of U.S.

norfolk

Accessible, accommodating, action-packed, and affordable makes the new Norfolk, Virginia, is the perfect place to stay and play! Fun for all ages, this historic seaport has been revitalized from corner to corner, offering an assortment of entertainment options from more than 400 years of history. Patriotic attractions, year-round water-front festivals, eclectic restaurants, upscale shopping, and antiquing.

Restaurants--Alice May's Soul Food Restaurant (112 Bank St.), soul food favorite. Hummingbird Caribbean (1000 Park Ave., 757-623-4032), curry, stew, snapper. Granby Street, 67 restaurants, including Spanish, Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Asian, Irish, and Cuban.

Entertainment/Hotspots--Buckroe Beach, historical black beach. Jillian's (333 Waterside Dr., 757-624-9100), big-screen TVs, high-tech video games, live jazz at Blue Cat Live.

Cultural Sights/Events--Hampton University, (757-727-5308), ranked Seventh best HBCU by BLACK ENTERPRISE in 1999; Hampton University Museum, oldest African American art museum in the U .S. African American Civil War Memorial (362 Yorktown Rd., 757-887-1862), honors black Civil War veterans. Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival (June 25-27, Town Point Park), Norfolk waterfront, New Orlean-style food and music. Hampton Jazz Festival (June 25-27, Hampton Coliseum), past performers include Anita Baker, india.arie, Maze, Isley Brothers, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Little-Known Fact--Attucks Theater, built in 1919, is the oldest theater in the state built, owned, and operated entirely by African Americans. Past performers include Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole, and Cab Calloway.

philadelphia

Experience the destination where culture thrives and America's untold history is treasured. Relive our nation's heritage while touring major passageways of the underground railroad. Entice your taste buds with authentic African American cuisine and enjoy tax-free clothing when you shop. Most of all cherish our hospitality.

Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant and Bar (4708 Baltimore Ave., 215-726-6464), Ethiopian, one of area's best. Warmdaddy's, (4 S. Front St., 215-627-2500), blues. Southern menu.

Entertainment/Nightlife--Beyond (8th and Callowhill sts., 215-925-1900), nightclub. Five Spot (5 S. Bank St,. 215-574-0070), Black Lilly on Tuesdays. Savannah Soul Food Bar (1836 Callowhill St., 215-557-9533), reggae, hip-hop, R&B, live jazz on Sunday.

Cultural Sights/Events--The African American Museum of Philadelphia (701 Arch St., 215-574-0380), first major museum devoted specifically to African American history. Philadelphia International Art Expo (Liacouras Center, 215-629-3939), November 12-14, three-day African American art expo. The Paul Robeson House (4949-51 Walnut St., 215-747-4675), interactive exercises, guest lectures and an Underground Railroad summer camp.

Little-Known Fact--In 1787, black founding fathers Richard Allen and Absalom Jones started the Free African Society, the very first black self-help organization.

St. Louis is an affordable, family-friendly destination offering more than 1,000 one-of-a-kind restaurants, exciting nightlife, and more free world class attractions than practically any other place. That's the beauty of St. Louis. It's all about variety.

Restaurants--Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar (222 S. Bemiston Ave., 314-726-5757) Mediterranean fusion. Ted Drewes (6726 Chippewa, 324-481-2652), St. Louis tradition since 1929, "concrete" shakes. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 S. Broadway, 314-436-5222), St. Louis-style cuisine, jazz, and blues acts. Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar, 314-727-0880), pop culture memorabilia; jerk chicken, trout almondine.

Entertainment/Hot Spots--Club Viva! (408 N. Euclid Ave., 314-351-0322), one of the best dance clubs, cosmopolitan. Union Station (500 Saint Louis Union, 314-421-6555), shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Cultural Sights/Events--The Black World History Museum, replica of a slave ship, authentic slave cabin. U.S. Bank Saint Louis Jazz Festival (June 25-26, Shaw Park in Clayton, 314-863-0278), two-day event with Aaron Neville, Wynton Marsalis, John Pizzarelli, and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Museum of Westward Expansion, Buffalo Soldiers display.

Little Known Fact--James Augustine Healy became the first black Roman Catholic bishop in the country in 1875.

Washington, D.C., is home to some of the most famous and interesting attractions and museums in the world. In 2004, the nation's capital welcomes the new National WWII Memorial to the National Mall and honors the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education with a year-long exhibition at the National Museum of American History.

Restaurants--Wilson's Grill (700 V St. NW, 202-462-3700), soul food. Ceiba (701 14th St. NW, 202-393-3983), Brazilian, Caribbean, Cuban, and Latin. Ben's Chili Bowl (1213 U St. NW, 202-567-0909), "Home of the Famous Chili Dog." i Ricchi (1220 19th St. NW, 202-835-0459), Tuscan cuisine, reservations essential, jacket required.

Entertainment--H20 (800 Water St., SW; 202-484-6300), dining and nightlife. Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St., NW, 202-299-0800), live Jazz. Dream Nightclub (1350 Okie St., 202 636-9030), celebrity hosts, neo-soul, reggae.

Cultural Sights/Events--Dr. Martin Luther King, .Jr. Memorial Library (950 Independence Ave., SW, 202-357-4600), finest collection of D.C. history. National Museum of African Art, artwork from 900 sub-Saharan African cultures. Black Fashion Museum (2007 Vermont Ave., NW, 202-667-0744), only museum of its kind; historic garments by black designers and/or worn by black celebrities. Howard University (2400 6th St., NW, 202-806-2900). DC Caribbean Carnival (June 26-27), colorful costumes, music, and regional food.

Little-Known Fact--In 1877, Frederick Douglass broke a racial ban by purchasing Cedar Hill, a home in Anacostia, and becoming the neighborhood's first black resident.

resources

Atlanta

www.atlantaheritage.com

1-800-ATLANTA

Baltimore

www.bathmore.org

1-877-BALTIMORE

Charlotte, NC

www.visitcharlotte.org

1-800-231-4636

Chicago

www.877chicago.com

1-877-CHICAG0

Cleveland

www.travelcleveland.com

1-800-321-1001

Columbus, OH

Experiencecolumbus.com

1-866-EXPCOLS

Dallas

www.visitdallas.com

1-800-323-5527

Houston

www.visitdallas.com

1-800-4-HOUSTON

Indianapolis

www.indy.org

1-800-323-4639

Jacksonville, FL

www.visitjacksonville.com

1-800-733-2668

Kansas City, MO

www.visitkc.com

1-800-767-7700

Memphis, TN

www.memphistravel.com

1-800-873-6282

Miami

www.miamiandbeaches.com

1-800-933-8448

Milwaukee

www.milwaukee.org

1-800-554-1448

Nashville

www.musiccityusa.com

1-800-657-6910

New York City

www.nycvisit.com

1-800-NYCVISIT

Norfolk, VA

www.norfolkcvb.com

1-800-537-7676

Philadelphia

www.gophila.com

1-800-574-9000

St. Louis

www.exploreslouis.com

1-800-888-3861

Washington, DC

www.washington.org

1-202-789-7000
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