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09 September 2016

Chris Rock, Public Enemy and T.I. Headlining Sankofa Social Justice Festival in Chattahoochee Hills

2016 is the year of the social justice warrior.

People have taken to the streets, across America, protesting various injustices such as police brutality, lack of affordable housing and gentrification. Atlanta played host to several protests by Black Lives Matter, over the summer, which led to Mayor Kasim Reed making some concessions to the demonstrators.

Sankofa, a social justice organization founded by singer and actor Harry Belafonte, is hoping to capture some of energy from this year's demonstrations and turn it into action.

"Many Rivers to Cross" is a social justice festival organized by Sankofa. There will be performances from artists like T.I., Public Enemy, and Chris Rock. Festival-goers will also be able visit a "Social Justice Village" at the event to get informed on current issues, interact with activists and thought-leaders, and find out how they can help impact change in their own communities.

The Sankofa Many Rivers festival is scheduled for 1 - 2 October 2016 at Bouckaert's Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event. Prices start at $85 for a single day pass.

Many Rivers marks the first major music event held in Chattahoochee Hills since the problematic 2015 Tomorrowworld festival.

The stories from Tomorrowworld 2015 are now legendary.

Rain-soaked campgrounds becoming mud pits, and ticket-holders stranded on the side of the road until the wee hours of the morning because of transportation breakdowns were two of the major complaints that marred the electronic music festival.

Sankofa officials say they are working closely with Chattahoochee Hills staff and officials to ensure the event runs smoothly and impact on citizens is minimized.

Still, Chattahoochee Hills City Council Member Richard Schmidt expressed concerns about traffic, leading Mayor Tom Reed to say there are a lot of issues to resolve in a short amount of time.