Miss Africa USA at the Thomasville Festival celebrating Black History Month
Miss Africa USA at the Thomasville Festival celebrating Black History Month


THOMASVILLE — This weekend marks the second annual Black Heritage Festival, sponsored by Jack Hadley History Memorabilia Inc. and the Douglass High School Alumni Association Inc.

The events are scheduled to start Friday and conclude on Sunday. The three-day event will take place at the Frederick Douglass Complex, located at 214 Alexander St. Some guests expected for the event include Pastor Brian McKinney, the Tallahassee Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club and Miss Africa USA 2007-08 Mfonobong Essiet, who will particiapte in Saturday’s ribbon cutting.

Lauren Dixon, professionally known as L-Boogie, will be taking over some hosting duties for the festival. A young and successful black female, she realizes the importance of such a celebration.

“First, as an African-American woman and a historical black colleges and universities graduate, I am always anxious to get involved, and also I am always happy to come to Thomasville to meet my radio listeners who don’t necessarily make that trip to Tallahassee,” she said.

Originally from the Miami area, she moved to Tallahassee to pursue a journalism degree at Florida A&M University. She graduated in the spring of 2006 and landed a job as an on-air personality at Blazin 102.3 FM in Tallahassee. Such education and presence is what landed the gig as host to Saturday’s events.

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