LIVE OAK — Featuring performers from Tallahassee Community College, the first Black History Fest was an enjoyable experience Saturday at the Douglass Center.

Dr. Candace Lewis-Shashikarshe, who helped Arthur Natteal organize the festival, said the entertainment made the festival a success.

“That’s what it such a great addition to it,” Shashikarshe said. “They all performed like they were entertaining in front of thousands and thousands of people.

“They did exceptionally well.”

Among those performers were the TCC African drum and dance ensemble, directed by Dr. Sara Brown.

In addition to the performers, the festival included 10 vendors which featured a mixture of food and clothing as well as health and beauty, including an herbalist.

“Everybody enjoyed themselves,” Shashikarshe said. “The vendors sold a lot of merchandise.”

The festival also featured booths that highlighted African American history. City of Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis and County Commissioner Clyde Fleming also welcomed and addressed the crowd.

Shashikarshe said the festival was part of Natteal’s vision to try and spark motivation and an interest in getting more community involvement.

“His purpose was that God had ordained him to do the Black History Fest there in Live Oak to help stimulate the energy and the area so that people would become involved in their community, to become involved in the activities of the county as well,” she said. “It was like a motivational piece to get people to understand and appreciate their history.”

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