The Dallas Arboretum announces the second annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC), presented by Bank of America, taking place on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. The weekend will place the spotlight on the unique talents, art and businesses from the local black community. This event is open to the public and is included in the general admission to the Dallas Arboretum.

“We are excited to bring this amazing event back to the Dallas community for a second year and expand it to an entire weekend,” said Linda Todd, Dallas Arboretum board member and Black Heritage Celebration committee chairperson. “This is a special opportunity to experience the beauty of our local black culture amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Dallas Arboretum.”

Photo Credit: Dallas Arboretum

The BHC will feature an array of exciting highlights for the entire family to enjoy. A highly anticipated “Art of Fashion” show will showcase the works of local black designers including Donna Rose, Aundrea Love and Pink Lucy, among others. Guests will also be entertained by lively performances from the award-winning Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Bishop Arts Theater Center as well as by musical selections from Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist. Additionally, both days will feature cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, a vendor exhibit with more than 40 Black-owned businesses and the opportunity to explore the Dallas Arboretum’s many gardens and exhibits.

New this year, is an art exhibit coordinated by the South Dallas Cultural Center that will feature a curated collection of art from local African American galleries showcasing their artwork in the DeGolyer House. Artists include Emmanuel Gillespie of Pencil on Paper Gallery, Barbara and James Mason of Msanii HOUS Fine Art, Nitasha Johnson of South Dallas Cultural Center and Sharidyn Barnes, Jennifer Monet Cowley and Kumiko Johnson of Daisha Board Gallery.

On Sunday, there will be a designer and entrepreneur showcase. Themed The Power of Black Heritage: The Elegance of Black Hair, here are the two panel discussions:

  • 12pm Part 1: The CROWN Act: A conversation with Tashara Parker, Emmy-award winning journalist, and Texas State Rep. Rhetta Bowers (District 113).
  • 1pm. Part 2: A Black Heritage Gardenside Chat with Mahisha Dellinger, CEO and founder of CURLS, moderated by Parker.

Tickets to attend the event are included in the admission to the garden and must be pre-purchased online at or by calling 214-515-6615. For more information and to view the complete list of weekend activities, entertainment, and vendors, please click here.

“The Black Heritage Celebration is a unifying event that brings people from all backgrounds and cultures together to enjoy a weekend of great fashion, music, entertainment, shopping and so much more, “said Todd. “I encourage everyone to come out to enjoy all of the great hidden gems that are nestled here in our own backyard.”

The Black Heritage Celebration planning host committee consists of 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 includes 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: Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness; Dr. Arlene J. Ford; HomeLight; House of Dasha; Law Office of Camille Stearns Miller; Tim and Venita Owens

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