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Durham parade celebrates African-American heritage

Posted February 4, 2012
Updated February 5, 2012

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— The Bull City celebrated achievements in the African-American community Saturday at the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Month parade.

Ms. Black North Carolina Pia Jessup said the event is an important opportunity for the community to reflect on its heritage and look toward its future.

"It's really important that we celebrate where we come from, so we can more forward and continue making strides in our communities," she said.

Fred Foster, president of the Durham chapter of the NAACP, agreed.

"We want the community to understand that we need to be out here continuing to do those things that are going to bring the community together," Foster said.

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Chuck Davis, director of the African-American Dance Ensemble in Durham, was the parade's grand marshal. Floats, dance and step teams, marching bands and school groups marched down Fayetteville Street starting at noon, but some participants said they were disappointed by low turnout.

"I think it's because of the weather and the rain," parade goer Tiffany Harris said.

Antonio Hill said he'd continue to celebrate, with or without the crowd.

"(It's) a little disappointing that there aren't more people out here to support what's going on, but we're out here doing our part," he said.

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