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‘Bringing history to life’: Buda to celebrate Black history

By Megan Wehring 

BUDA — Celebrating culture. That’s what the Buda Black History Month Celebration means this year. 

Nonprofit Keeping Communities Connected (KCC) is partnering with the city of Buda, H-E-B and Target to bring the event to the Buda Amphitheater and City Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. The celebration was held virtually last year, due to COVID-19, but the organization wanted to bring it back in-person. 

“We are bringing Black history back to the park,” said Sandra Bryant, KCC president.

Attendees can expect to see a variety of entertainment ranging from DJ Vincent, Zumba, yoga, dance/music performances and a kids corner with Inspired Minds. Dr. Candace Bellamy, Kettra Allen Priestly (Clinic Social Worker and Therapist), resident chef JRodi and moderator April Bisor Barnes will make up a guest Q&A panel that will address this year’s theme: Mental Health & Wellness.

Bryant said that ultimately, she hopes the event will welcome everyone to attend and encourage them to educate their peers on what they learned. 

“I hope that people from all over come and be a part of this event,” Bryant said. “It’s really about educating everyone and bringing history to life. Then [they are]able to take what they learned, shared and enjoyed and communicate it to not only their family members, but their circle of influence as well as Hays County.”

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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