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The Austin Area Heritage Council's purpose is to create and support diverse art and multicultural activities, while maximizing the exposure of minority-owned businesses. The Heritage Council will utilize all of the best practices of national non-profits and always strive to be on the leading edge of technology.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration began in 1983, planned and sponsored by the Texas Union African-American Culture Committee (AACC), University of Texas, Austin. In 1993, AACC joined with Huston-Tillotson College and in 1994, the two colleges worked with community-based service organizations giving birth to the First Annual City-Wide MLK Celebration. In June of 1995, the Austin Area Heritage Council was officially formed as a 501(c)3 to oversee planning. To create a more inclusive and family atmosphere, the Heritage Council reached out to non-African-American based organizations to participate and adopted the new title of "MLK Community Celebration." During the 1998 MLK Celebration, the Heritage Council united Austin's business and religious leaders in the first race dialogue. The breakfast discussion was lead by keynote address speaker, Kweisi Mfume, director of the NAACP. We are extremely pleased that Austin recognized the importance of these talks and continues city race dialogues.
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