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Tradition takes root with 2012 Memphis Black Expo

 

The 2012 Memphis Black Expo sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender and Comcast was a fantastic celebration and recognition of Memphis’ African-American music, culture and history.

The 2012 Memphis Black Expo sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender and Comcast was a fantastic celebration and recognition of Memphis’ African-American music, culture and history. With events throughout the weekend (Feb. 17-19), the first annual MBX was a hit with vendors, participants and attendees.

 
 A representative (right) from Tri-State Bank, a sponsor and exhibitor, gives direction to a Memphis Black Expo attendee. The inaugural event drew 2,000-plus people. (Photos by Andrew “Rome” Withers)

 
 TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II with young performers from the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Institute.

 
 Kendra Calico addresses the early audience at the 2012 MBX.

 
 Marcus Garvey was given a special tribute by the group from the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Institute in honor of African American History Month.

In an environment of true connectivity and positivity, the MBX meshed celebration and entertainment with the opportunity to patronize small- and black-owned businesses, register to vote, and learn about job and educational opportunities.

The 2012 MBX was also a dynamic platform for this community’s youth! They participated and competed in dancing, singing, reciting, speaking and rejoicing as parents, loved ones and friends provided support and encouragement. A burgeoning sense of pride and accomplishment was clearly evident.

African American History Month puts special emphasis on the wide contributions of African Americans to this country while promoting the need for ongoing progress 365 days a year. The MBX captured the essence of the “season” and is sure to become a unique, highly anticipated annual tradition for Memphis and surrounding communities.

 

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