The 8th annual African American Cultural Festival sponsored by The Cottagers, Inc. of Martha’s Vineyard will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm in Hartford Park in Oak Bluffs. The Festival will feature the exhibit, Freedom Riders, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, an African American marketplace, activities for children, line dancing, educational mini talks and food by Irie Bites. The documentary film, Freedom Riders will be shown on 7/26, 1-3 pm at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, 21 Wamsutta. An evening talk/book signing by renowned broadcast journalist and author, Charlayne Hunter-Gault (7/26, 6:00-8:00 pm) and a program remembering the Freedom Riders with Woollcott Smith and Stanley Nelson (7/27, 6:00-8:00 pm) will be held at Cottagers’ Corner, 57 Pequot Avenue. The Festival is free and open to all.