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Springs Preserve celebrates Black History Month

February 3, 2014 by  
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Springs Preserve celebrates Black History Month


Black History observances in the United States date back to the 1920s, when the legendary Dr. Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week — which eventually grew into the annual Black History Month celebrated each February.

To mark the yearly celebration, Springs Preserve will host its fifth Annual Black History Month Festival on Feb. 15. The Saturday event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature displays that highlight the many contributions black people have made to American history — including a collection of memorabilia from the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as an exhibit recognizing early integration efforts in the United States military. The festival also will include the “Historic Black Las Vegas-Leaders of Yesterday and Today” photo exhibit, which showcases the achievements of local African-Americans from the 1940s to the present. It includes noted educators, businesspeople, physicians, filmmakers, entertainers and more.

Highlighting the event will be a special award presentation to festival honoree Dr. Bob Bailey, who will be recognized for his tireless efforts to create equal opportunities for all in Las Vegas, as well as his commitment to our community’s youth.

Festival-goers will also enjoy musical performances by jazz/hip-hop violinist Brandon Summers, the Friends of Gospel Choir and saxophonist Jammin’ Joe. Also on stage, a pair of audience favorites are returning to the festival: the Alpha Men and Divas of Tomorrow step group, and local singing sensation Tiffanne LeMay.

In addition to the entertainment and exhibits, guests will have the opportunity to sample delicious soul food prepared by local restaurants — including Seven Seas, Mario’s Westside Market, Soul D’Licious, and The Funnel Cake Café. Children’s activities will include free face-painting, carnival games and arts and crafts. Local vendors and organizations will be on hand with beautiful gifts and important information for the community.

Everyone is welcome to join this celebration of African-American achievement, as we honor our local heroes and role models. Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd., across from the Meadows Mall. Children under 12 enter free. For more information on tickets, please call (702) 822-7705 or go to We look forward to seeing you there!

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