2014 Black Heritage Festival

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2014 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival

In honor of Black History Month, the 18th annual 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rosewood Park Pavilion located at 1182 Pleasant Valley Rd. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America”.

The entire Austin community is invited to join the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin Committee in this fun filled family festival that will include the following:

  • 11:00am Black History Bowl
  • 12:00pm Community Awards Ceremony
  • All Day Ujamaa Market Place
  • All Day Youth Art Activities
  • All Day Entertainment, Food, and Fun

This year’s festival will highlight the Annual Heritage Awards Ceremony honoring individuals, companies, churches, or organizations in the community that have been nominated for outstanding service of making a difference in the community.

The entertainment will feature the popular local Austin band ‘All U Need’, and various ministries and church groups from around Austin.

Also at the festival, the community will have an opportunity to support local businesses by shopping with local vendors and small business owners. Interested vendors can register here.

Sponsors for this year’s festivities are Stubb’s Grandsons Barbecue, Amerigroup Real Solutions, Bluebonnet Hills Church, Full Life Community Church, and the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin.

“The Black Heritage Festival brings a positive light to the community. For example, the awards ceremony highlights those in the community that others may have forgotten. We our trying to build our community and being in the community is how we start”, says Simone Pollard, community organizer.

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12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival

In honor of Black History Month, The 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival 17th Annual Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, 11a – 3p at the Rosewood Park Pavilion located at 1182 Pleasant Valley Rd. This year’s theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington”.

2013 Annual Heritage Festival flyer

2013 Annual Heritage Festival flyer

The entire Austin community is invited to join the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin Committee in this fun filled family festival that will include the following:

  • 9:30am Conversational Circle
  • 11:00am History Bowl
  • 12:00pm Community Awards Ceremony
  • All Day Ujamaa Market Place
  • All Day Youth Art Activities
  • All Day Entertainment, Food, and Fun

This year’s festival will highlight the Annual Heritage Awards Ceremony honoring individuals, companies, churches, or organizations in the community that have been nominated for outstanding service of making a difference in the community.

The entertainment will feature the popular local Austin band ‘All U Need’, the up and rising hip-hop record label ‘Loveless Records’, and various ministries and church groups from around Austin.

Also at the festival, the community will have an opportunity to support local businesses by shopping with local vendors and small business owners. Interested vendors need to email africaetc@yahoo.com.

Sponsors for this year’s festivities are Amerigroup Real Solutions, Hyatt House, Bluebonnet Hills Church, and the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin.

“The Black Heritage Festival brings a positive light to the community. For example, the awards ceremony highlights those in the community that others may have forgotten. We our trying to build our community and being in the community is how we start”, says Simone Pollard, community organizer.


The Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin (UCFA) was formed in by a group of concerned community members in November 2008 as a permanent sponsor of the 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival, formerly known as the International Heritage Festival, to ensure the festival’s continued success. The mission of the UCFA is to work in a grassroots effort with local businesses, local government, community organizations and other persons interested in the economic empowerment of East Austin and to encourage, promote and support the growth of healthy business environments.

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Men’s Conference

Men's Conference

Join us for our Men's Conference - July 28, 2012

Please join the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin Young Men’s Workshop on Saturday, July 28, 2012; 10am-1pm at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus; 3401 Webberville Rd., Austin, Texas, 78702 (Bldg. 8000, Room 8500). This event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is needed. All boys and men are encouraged to attend. We will discuss women expectations, the effects of a suit jacket, tying a tie, making wise decisions, and eating etiquette. This is something you do not want to miss. For more information, call (512) 947-9066.

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2012 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival

When:
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:
Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church parking lot
1800 Pennsylvania Ave.
Austin, Texas, 78702

This is the annual Black History event everyone waits on each year. There are vendors, food, entertainment, an awesome awards ceremony, and conversational circle. Come join the fun, Saturday, February 4th; 10am-5pm. See you there!!!

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15th Annual Black Heritage Festival

Join us Saturday, February 5, 2011 for the 15th annual 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival!

This year’s theme is “African Americans and the Civil War”.

When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday, February 5, 2011
Where: Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, Austin
Map

  • Local vendors
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Community Awards Ceremony
  • Art exhibit
  • Community discussion

Schedule (subject to change):

10am Welcome-Don Ellerby
Scripture-Pastor Landon
Ujamaa Overview-Michael Grant
Prayer-Simone Pollard
Lift Every Voice & Sing-Catherine Burrell (Singing A capella)

10:30am Greeting by Pastor Clark
10:45am Mt Gilead Mime Team/Jahari’s Reading
11:00am Diasporic Movement Collective
11:20am Overview of Austin City Theater
11:25am Miz T
11:35am Greetings by Chief Kerr
11:45am Greetings by Chief Acevedo
12:00pm Awards Ceremony
1:00pm The Cipher featuring Reagan High Break Dancers
1:30pm Remnants of Levites
2:00pm LD & The Way
2:30pm Khabele School Jazz
3:00pm GMZ Mime Team
3:30pm B.L.U.E.
4:00pm T.D.G.
4:30pm Damaries
5:00pm Close Down

1:00pm-3:00pm Community Conversational Circle in Church Fellowship Hall



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Black Heritage Festival welcomes Wilhelmina Delco

Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin and the Black Heritage Festival Organizing Committee are proud to welcome Wilhelmina R. Delco as Facilitator of the Community Awards segment at this year’s festival.

We are grateful to Ms. Delco for a lifetime of distinguished service to the black community, the people of Austin, and the state of Texas. Ms. Delco was the first African American school board member in Travis County. In 1974 she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as the first black legislator from District 50, Travis County. She represented the people of her district for over 20 years, serving several terms as Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee.

After retiring from the Legislature Ms. Delco served as Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Texas.

Ms. Delco has devoted her life to the cause of education. Her civic leadership has included life membership in the Texas Congress PTA; membership in the League of Women Voters, the State Task Force on Education for Economic Growth, and the Southern Education Foundation; chairmanship of the Educational Testing Service Board; founding the nonprofit Vision Village; and chairmanship of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Equality and Integrity.

Ms. Delco has been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, has a building named in her honor at Prairie View A&M University, has received the Legends of Texas Award, and holds honorary degrees from St. Edward’s University, Lee College, Southwestern University, Huston-Tillotson College, and Wiley College.

We are proud to have Ms. Delco as part of our festival this year.

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12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Sharon Ellerby
sharonlrb@yahoo.com
512-785-7051

Austin, TX January 22, 2010- In honor of Black History Month, The 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival 14th Annual Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010, 10a – 4p at the Greater Mount Zion Baptist church located at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave. in the parking lot at Chicon and Pennsylvania. This year’s theme is “Reclaiming Our Spiritual foundation-A Story of Empowerment” and focuses on honoring community leaders and empowering our community through lessons in our history.

The entire Austin community is invited to join the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin Committee in this fun filled family festival that will include community awards, health walk, activities for children, entertainment vendors and food.

This year’s festival will kick-off with a health initiative “Greater Fitness Health Fair & Walk”. There will be the Annual Heritage Awards honoring individuals, companies, churches, or organizations in the community that have been nominated for outstanding service of making a difference in the community.

The entertainment will be NuDestiny with Chris Spivey, Cipher-The Austin’s Hip Hop Project, GMZ Worship Team and much more. Activities will include history tidbits by senior citizens from the Chestnut Neighborhood Association, Capital Metro’s Art in Transit Program with youth ages 10-18 decorating the outside of a Capital Metro Bus and a Open Conversation Circle where the community can engage in dialogue about community issues and concerns in areas such as cooperative economics, a youth art competition and lots more.

Also at the festival, the community will be have an opportunity to support local businesses by shopping with vendors such as Brown Fabrications, Africa Etc., and African Visions. Capital Metro, Central East Austin Weed & Seed, Girl Scouts and others will be there to share information. Interested vendors email sharonlrb@yahoo.com.

“The Black Heritage Festival brings a positive light to the community. For example, the awards ceremony highlights those in the community that others may have forgotten. We our trying to build our community and being in the community is how we start”, says Simone Pollard, community organizer.

The Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin (UCFA) was formed in by a group of concerned community members in November 2008 as a permanent sponsor of the 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival, formally known as the International Heritage Festival, to ensure the festival’s continued success, even after the discontinued collaboration efforts with Austin Parks and Recreation. The mission of the UCFA is to work in a grassroots effort with local businesses, local government, community organizations and other persons interested in the economic empowerment of East Austin and to encourage, promote and support the growth of healthy business environments. For more information about UCFA, visit www.ujama-austin.org.

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14th Annual Black Heritage Festival

The 12th Street East End Black Heritage Festival is an annual event held by the East Austin community to celebrate Black History Month. A variety of local artists, performers, and businesses will offer music, entertainment, food, crafts and much more.

Event:
Black Heritage Festival 2010:
“Reclaiming Our Spiritual Foundation – A Story of Empowerment”

Cost:
Free

When:
Saturday, February 6, 2010

Where:
Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church
1801 Pennsylvania Ave.
(512) 478-7578

Time:
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Vendors
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Art Contest
  • Community Awards
  • Community Discussions
  • Greater Fitness Health Fair & Walk

The Black Heritage Festival is the East Austin community’s annual Black History Month celebration. This year’s theme is “Reclaiming Our Spiritual Foundation – A Story of Empowerment”. The event will feature a Vendor Bazaar, Youth Art Contest, Community Awards Ceremony, Community Discussions, “Greater Fitness Health Fair & Walk,” and Music Festival.

For more information call (512) 947-9066 or (512) 785-7045.

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12th Annual International Heritage Festival

The International Heritage Festival is an annual event held by the East Austin community to celebrate Black History Month. A variety of local artists, performers, and businesses will offer music, entertainment, food, crafts and much more.

Event: 12th Annual International Heritage Festival:
Promoting Reentry Into the Neighborhood and Health & Wellness

Cost: Free

When: Saturday, February 7, 2009

Where: Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church
1801 Pennsylvania Ave.
(512) 478-7578

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The International Heritage Festival is the East Austin community’s annual Black History Month celebration. This year’s theme is “Promoting Reentry Into the Neighborhood and Health & Wellness”. The event will feature a Walk/Run, Mini Health Festival, Vendor Bazaar, Youth Art Contest, Community Awards Ceremony, and Music Festival.

Please come out and join Austin-owned businesses offering a variety of items such as food, clothing, jewelry, artwork, plus much more. Come shop while poets, musicians, and dancers from Austin and surrounding cities entertain you. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, so bring the entire family and come celebrate Black History Month with us!

The 12th Street East End International Heritage Festival started in 1997 as the Black Community Marketplace at the Rosewood Recreation Center and is always held on the 1st Saturday of February. Founder Don Ellerby’s vision is to promote Ujamaa, a Kwanzaa Principle meaning “cooperative economics” in East Austin by provide a showcase opportunity for local businesses, entertainers, artists and non-profit organizations. A few vendors include The GMZ Greater Life Institute, Power Shack, African Visions, Africa Etc., Capital Metro, Weed & Seed, Brown Fabrications and many more. Entertainers include Saul Paul and many more.

For several years the Festival was sponsored by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. During this time it became an international celebration, recognizing African American culture while embracing all the other cultures that make up the true African American “melting-pot”.

Each year the Festival includes a Community Awards Ceremony recognizing citizens whose contributions to the community have gone far beyond the call of duty. Since 2006, the awards have been presented by honored dignitaries such as Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Representative Dawnna Dukes, Mayor Kirk Watson, and Mayor Will Wynn.

The festival also features a city-wide art competition and a health & wellness fair.

The tradition almost came to an end after the Festival’s 10th anniversary, when city budget cuts led to the withdrawal of Parks and Recreation Department sponsorship. But the community refused to let the Festival die. In January 2008 a group of community leaders, including Don Ellerby, Simone Pollard, Jason Carr, musician and promoter SaulPaul and Pastor Sherwynn Patton of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church came together to adopt the Festival. Volunteers organized the 11th annual Festival in only four weeks, and the event that almost didn’t happen became the most successful in the Festival’s history with record attendance.

In November 2008 the Ujamaa Community Foundation of Austin was established as a permanent sponsor for the Festival. Co-sponsors this year are the 12th Street East End Committee and the Greater Life Institute.

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The 12th Street East End International Heritage Festival is held on the first Friday of every February.

For information, please contact Simone Pollard at (512) 947-9066.

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