1st Annual Black Heritage Community Expo

Keynote Speaker

Schedule of Events

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman


Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, the award-winning author of “The Color of Love”, a masterfully written text that explores racial features, stigma, and socialization in Black Brazilian families, is a Fulbright Scholar and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida. Professor Hordge-Freeman will deliver an inspirational and interactive talk entitled “Let Your Passions Lead Your Way” during the Black Heritage Community Expo. Come, explore and prepare to leave with new found direction as you lead a life of passion and purpose.

Featured Performers

Orisirisi African Folklore

Orisirisi African Folklore is a performing arts company that uses folktales, legends, myths, music, dance, children’s games, and other African-rooted folklore to teach, entertain, and illuminate the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture.


Abasi Ote-Musician and Primal Musical Instrument Maker

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Through music, Abasi Ote teaches a concept he refers to as Resourceful Thinking, which means the ability to identify and make use of human and natural resources that are plentiful in the world around us. This interactive performance/demonstration focuses on the aboriginal Australian didgeridoo and the making of primal music instruments from Africa & the Middle East such as the Mouth Bow, Bull Roarer, and Clapper. The presentation includes information on the historical origins of instruments, their relationship to ecology and the cultures from which they come.

Source: http://artsinedu.com/

Kuumba Dancers and Drummers


Join Kuumba Dancers and Drummers on a cultural journey to the continent of Africa, filled with lively rhythms, mesmerizing dance movements, and colorful costumes. Kuumba offers an interactive experience which includes singing, dancing and hands-on experiences with a variety of African instruments.

Source: http://artsinedu.com/

Mary Kelly as Harriet Tubman


Harriet Tubman Conductor on the Underground Railroad was written by Mary J. Kelly. Mary portrays Harriet Tubman during her years as a slave, her journey to freedom and her endeavors to help others flee northward. Harriet Tubman is well known for her 19 trips down South along the secret route known as the Underground Railroad to save over 300 other Africans from the brutality of slavery.

The struggle for the Africans from slavery to freedom was long and costly in terms of human suffering. Still today, this struggle stirs up harsh memories of racial injustice. Mary states, “I felt called to put my energy into writing a script to inspire audiences to learn about and rethink the issue of slavery. Mary’s portrayal of Harriet incorporates a storytelling style utilizing characterization, song, movement and audience participation that create a realistic view of being enslaved. Harriet’s story is one of triumph and survival under the harshest conditions one can imagine.

Source: http://artsinedu.com

 Featured Workshops

Language Workshops

Expose your child to a world of opportunities through language and cultural enrichment. ReDefiners is offering free mini-language classes in Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic.

African-Dance Workshop

Learn choreography and movement needed to participate in the jubilant art form of African-dance. Perfect for children and teenagers!

Credit and Money Management Workshop

Want to purchase a home or a car, rent an apartment, or pay lower interest rates on credit cards?

Receive a free credit report & credit knowledge

o Identify & correct errors in your credit report

o Learn how to increase your credit score

o Control your income & expenses with a budget

Poetry Workshop

Speak It, Be It, Write It! What Does Hope Mean to You?

Let your voice be heard! Workshop participants will learn the basics to crafting their voices through the poetic art form. All participants who complete the workshop are eligible to join the Black Heritage Community Expo Poetry Slam from 4-5 PM PM on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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