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The African-American cultural celebration was spearheaded, just as she has for the past 39 years, by Rebecca Henry. Henry said that in order to keep our tradition we must share stories from the past “We don’t have to reach too far only go bsck a generation to share our stories.” Henry was the daughter of sharecroppers who grew up struggling financially. “Yet we were never poor because our parents made sure we were rich in heart.” With these words or wisdom Henry invited those in attendance to enjoy an afternoon of dancing to the Zydeco sounds of Gerard Delafosse, a variety of Creole cuisine and traditional dancers and drummers that entertained throughout the afternoon. Today’s event was the culmination of a three day celebration that included a parade and a gala banquet held at Evangeline Downs Event Center.