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Celebrate Mardi Gras at the 11th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival  print page

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(Austin, Texas) Austinites are invited to join State Representative Dawnna Dukes (Austin), ProArts Collective, and Huston-Tillotson University for the Eleventh Annual African American Community Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 27, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the grounds of historic of Huston-Tillotson University campus, located at 900 Chicon Street in East Austin.

The 2010 African American Community Heritage Festival is a free event with activities suitable for all ages. This festival is the pinnacle of Austin’s celebrations of Black History Month and the rich culture African Americans contribute to the Austin community every day.

“The festival is a great opportunity to showcase the talent and accomplishments of the African-American community in Austin,” Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes, said. “This festival has brought the community together for ten years. This year we have great food, great music and great fun. Our 11th anniversary festival will be the best one yet.”

Executive Director of ProArts Collective, Lisa Byrd, says, "State Representative Dawnna Dukes and I both recognize that the best way to engage and energize our community is in the process of living our history."

The African American Community Heritage Festival celebrates the coming together of individuals to strengthen the community with a focus on family fun and community outreach. This will be a day for fun, food, and family, complete with live entertainment, interactive and educational activities for children, and a variety of artistic performances. The Kids Zone includes free t-shirts, the Kiddie Express Train, safety demonstrations, and much more.

Festival attendees can enjoy live performances from Soul Fruit, the Huston-Tillotson University Jazz Combo, and the award-winning Reagan High School Marching Band. In addition, the festival features local crafts and artisan work and a Health Fair. Miss Black Texas USA Zakiya Larry will serve as the Honorary Mistress of Ceremonies.

This 11th African American Community Heritage Festival also serves the East Austin community by raising funds the Huston-Tillotson University Scholarship Program.

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Contact: Lisa Byrd

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