Heritage Celebration weekend kicks off

Posted on 15 Feb 2007 at 9:03pm
By Tammye Nash Senior Editor

LGBT groups to also honor Black AIDS Awareness Day

LGBT community organizations have scheduled a full slate of events for this weekend to honor Black History Month and Black AIDS Awareness efforts.

Felecia Miller, one of the organizers of the weekend, said that the idea is to both celebrate the African-American community’s history while at the same time trying to help protect its future from the scourge of AIDS.

The Legacy of Success Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, Murray Entertainment, Women of Distinction, Men of Essence and the Radisson Love Field hotel have all worked together to create the weekend-long celebration, which began Thursday night, Feb. 15, with a reception honoring visiting filmmaker and television producer Maurice Townes of SenWot Nella Productions.

The fun continues Friday night, Feb. 16, with the TGI Friday Heritage Celebration, presented by Roy Murray and Murray Entertainment at Ray’s Place in the Radisson Love Field hotel, 1241 W. Mockingbird St. in Dallas. The party begins at 8 p.m., and there is no cover charge.

Legacy of Success Foundation presents its annual formal banquet on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at City Place, 2711 N. Haskell St. The theme for this year’s banquet, the foundation’s major fundraiser for its Hazel Hatcher Memorial Scholarship Fund, is “Heritage Celebration Goes Mardi Gras.”

The Rev. Peter Johnson, a civil rights advocate who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker for the banquet, which will also include a casino night, a neo-jazz caf?, a mini-expo and silent auction and the La Cage Show featuring Out of the Closet Fashions.

Cost for the evening is $75.

The weekend winds up Sunday, Feb. 18, with a free screening of Townes documentary, “Deceptions,” and his drama series “The Closet,” all happening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Radisson Love Field. Townes will attend the screening.

Miller said that organizers also hope to be able to offer free testing for HIV and other STDs at the event, thanks to Abbott Labs, which joined in as a sponsor. Other sponsors are HRC, Women of Distinction, Men of Essence and the Radisson Love Field.

A cash bar will be available during the screening, and the hotel restaurant will be serving brunch.

E-mail nash@dallasvoice.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 16, 2007.

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