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Dallas Arboretum's Black Heritage Celebration Artists Daisha Board, Jennifer Monet Cowley, Emmanuel Gillespie, Barbara and James Mason, Missy Burton, Gregg Young

The Dallas Arboretum held its second annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by Bank of America, on May 14 and 15.  The weekend featured a curated collection of local Black artists, dozens of Black-owned businesses, an “Art of Fashion” show, and a designer and entrepreneurial showcase with panel discussions. Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Bishop Arts Theater Center performed, and Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist entertained the guests.  

The Black Heritage Celebration planning host committee included Linda Todd (chairperson), Marissa Horne, Tiffaney Hunter, Janet Jack, Katrina Keyes, Willow Sanchez, Celia Walker, Maurice West and Z.L. Williams.

This year’s honorary council were LaJuana Barton; Trudy Bourgeois; Dr. Chandra Brown; Neisha Strambler Butler and Rev. Richie Butler; Stephanie and Rev. Bryan Carter; Mahisha Dellinger; Sharron Evans-Jackson; Dr. Arlene J. Ford; LaChon Jacobs; Dean Jones; The Honorable Raquel Jones; April Leonard; Wilton Munnings; Venita and Tim Owens; Christopher P. Reynolds; The Honorable Toni Rose; Rodriqua Ross; Deidre and James Summers; Kimberly Bizor Tolbert.


Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America

Silver: Curls/Beauty By Imagination, ExxonMobil Corporation

Bronze: AT&T; McDonald’s

Friend: Capital One Bank, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Xi Omega Chapter

Supporting: Dallas Chapter of the Links, Inc.; Debra Hunter Johnson

Patron: Helena L. Banks, Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness; Cynthia Watkins Clanton; Dr. Flaxie Fletcher and Dr. Cristi Fletcher; Dr. Arlene J. Ford; HomeLight; House of Dasha; Law Office of Camille Stearns Miller; Tim and Venita Owens.

Media sponsors: The Dallas Weekly, Texas Metro News and Radio One.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The garden is also home of the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daytime admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two. Parking is $11 purchased online.  The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. WFAA, Channel 8 is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.  Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online at or by calling 214-515-6615.


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