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Polk Countians come together to celebrate differences
Polk County Enterprise - January 2009
LIVINGSTON – The ninth annual Multicultural Festival honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will kick off at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at the Livingston High School. Among those scheduled to perform are the Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens, a performing arts and youth empowerment organization centered around the education and preservation of African-centered performing arts, history, culture and its contributions to the world. Under the direction of Iya Ile and Baba Kwasi, the Ayubu Kinda and Queens provides intercultural and educational classes, programs and presentations for participants and audiences of all ages, race, creed and color. The group’s music and dance originated during the Great Mali Empire which fl ourished in western Africa from 1230 to the 1600s. The half-hour presentation includes a drum call welcome, drum rhythms from the African Diaspora, a Balant dance from the Sene-Gambia region, a Lamban dance of praise and honor from Mali and a Sunu dance associated with coming into womanhood from the Bambara peoples of West Africa. Additional entertainment this year will be provided by Glen Lenderman, Dennis Ivy Band of Crockett, performances by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, and other representatives of the many cultures of Polk County. Dr. Mike Shukan will also speak about Jewish culture. The event is put together by civic and church leaders from the community. Entertainment, health and job fairs, a catfi sh dinner with all the trimmings and much more are all free. Native clothing is encouraged and helps add to the multicultural fl air of the event. The Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce, Livingston Police Department and local volunteer fi re departments and the Polk County Red Cross will offer displays and demonstrations to increase drug and safety awareness as well as promote home and fi re safety. The Polk County Tax Assessor/ Collector’s offi ce will have voter registration forms available. Health care professionals will be on hand to conduct complete chemistry and PSAs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A four-hour fast before the test is required for valid results. The Workforce Commission will provide a complete overview of all their program offerings at the onsite job fair, including continuing education assistance and job placement. Personnel from the Burke Center will be available for question and answer session on mental health and mental retardation and the services available through local providers.