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State Representative Dukes Presents "The 13th Annual African-American Community Heritage Festival"  print page

by: Rep.

AUSTIN, Texas – The 13th Annual African-American Community Heritage Festival will take place at Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday, February 25, 2012. The Festival will celebrate the accomplishments of Austin’s African-American community and will provide free entertainment for the whole family.

Attendees will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings and obtain valuable information about various health care programs. There will also be a children’s area, door prizes, product vendors, dancing as well as live music from world-class saxophonist Kyle Turner appearing with Courtney Sanchez and her band Sway, Les & the Funk Mob and Soul Tree Collective.

"I created the Festival to combine the best parts of Black History Month and Mardi Gras in a free, family-friendly celebration where everyone could have fun," Rep. Dukes said. "As we enter our 13th year, we have provided more than $85,0000 to Huston-Tillotson University's Scholarship Fund. The Festival is only getting better with age and this year's will be the best one yet."

Prior to the Festival, Mayor Pro Tem Cole will be leading a family bike ride that will begin and end at Huston-Tillotson.

"Come out and join me as I pop wheelies around Council Member Chris Riley and see Mayor Lee Leffingwell in biker shorts," said Mayor Pro Tem Cole. "Join us at 11 a.m. at Huston-Tillotson for our bike ride and be back at HT in time for that day’s kickoff of the Festival at 1 p.m."

The Festival starts at 1 p.m. and will go until 5:30 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson, located at 900 East Chicon Street, and admission is free. Proceeds will benefit the Huston-Tillotson University Scholarship Fund.

For information visit or call (512) 463-0506.


About the African-American Community Heritage Festival
The African-American Community Heritage Festival started in 2000 when State Representative Dawnna Dukes envisioned a family-friendly way for the community to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. Partnering with the City of Austin, ProArts Collective, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Huston-Tillotson University, the Festival has become a tradition of Black History Month celebrations in East Austin. Now in its 13th year, the Festival continues to bring more fun and entertainment for the whole family every year while celebrating cultural diversity.

John Julitz

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