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Rep. Dawnna Dukes Presents "The 14th Annual African-American Community Heritage Festival"  print page

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State Representative Dawnna Dukes Presents "The 14th Annual African-American Community Heritage Festival"

AUSTIN, Texas – The 14th Annual African-American Community Heritage Festival will take place at Huston-Tillotson University on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 1-5 p.m. 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 Grammy Award nominee and neo-soul singer, Dwele.

"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 14th year, we have provided more than $115,000 to Huston-Tillotson'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.

“Join me as we take a bike ride through historic East Austin,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cole. “Come out to see me pop wheelies around Council Member Chris Riley.”

The bike ride will begin at 11 a.m. at Huston-Tillotson and will return to HT in time for the Festival kicking off at 1 p.m.

The Festival starts at 1 p.m. and will go until 5 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, Women In Jazz, 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.

KiYa Moghaddam

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