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Black history festival to return to downtown Vegas
by Tribune Staff
Feb 24, 2012 | 743 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print


LAS VEGAS (AP) — Organizers say a Black History Month festival is returning to the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas one year after the attraction’s casinos skipped on hosting the event and said it didn’t draw enough business.

Organizer Charles Tureaud tells The Associated Press that the two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday will include heavyweight boxers Leon Spinks and Ken Norton, who will sign autographs and help coordinate the event.

The return to Fremont Street is a turnaround from last year, when the event was moved to a strip mall a few miles away and organizers complained downtown was unwelcoming.

The festival includes food vendors, cultural arts and crafts and other activities. It will also serve as a drive for unused musical instruments to be donated to local schools.

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