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Sen. Tammy Duckworth to help celebrate African American Educators at the 12th Annual Black History Family Festival



February 2, 2017

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth to help celebrate African American Educators at the 12th Annual Black History Family Festival


Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will help recognize 25 African American Educators at the 12th annual Black History Family Festival at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, from 1-5 p.m.


“The African American educators being celebrated are all exceptionally dedicated,” said Carl King, Black History Family Festival president. “These educators have inspired students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.”


Those being recognized are: Dr. Bruce Austin, Brittany Barber, Ernie Broadnax, Krystal Bush, Mamie Carter, Dr. DeSean Coleman, Traci Ellis, Dr. Phyllis Folarin, Joyce Fountain, Tanesha Harris, Clark Anson Hallpike, Eleanor Howard, Melonese Hughes, Lisa Jackson, Dr. Mae Hicks-Jones, Dr. Rise Jones, Anitra King, Markisha Mitchell, , Ron Raglin, Dr. David Sam, Leatrice Satterwhite, Jeron Shelton, Brittney Walker, April Wells, and Dominique Zewde.


With the theme “Celebrating African American Educators,” the 2017 Black History Family Festival also will feature author Dr. Vincent Gaddis, a professor of history and director of the global studies program at Benedictine University. The festival will also recognize high school seniors identified as future African American leaders by their high school principals.


For 12 years, the Black History Family Festival has successfully worked to bridge cultures by uniting the Elgin area in a celebration of the African-American experience. The festival involves schools and the community and has been successful in developing programs that involve participants in unique and compelling ways.

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