The President’s Welcome
Welcome to the Eustis African-American Heritage Festival! The Heritage Committee is honored that you decided to join us in celebrating the African-American culture and heritage.
Our theme this year is “And Still We Rise.” This is a testimony of where we have been as African-Americans and how far we have come. So many African American leaders contributed in the past for what we have achieved to this day. Now it is up to our children to continue the progress and achieve far greater success than what we have accomplished. And it is up to us to teach them.
Carrying on to the future the lessons we have learned in the past is a major part of the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King had. His dream included honoring people that had a vision and made it become a reality. These people are the dream! They are Eustis’ native “daughters and sons”. They continue to help grow and build the city known as “The City of Bright Tomorrows”.
The festival celebration includes: A Nubian Pageant, the Heritage Banquet, Festival Parade, and Arts, Crafts and Entertainment Festival - with vendors and a variety of delicious foods.
Most importantly at the Black Achievers banquet we shine the spotlight on several individuals, young and old, that have achieved a great deal. Their contributions to the foundation of the city of Eustis; improving the quality of life for people and their academic achievements in their lives is one of the reasons why we take this opportunity to pay homage by honoring them at this prestigious event.
February is Black History Month. We annually recognize and remember the “fight” that gave us our Civil Rights; remembering the unrest and frustration of living with inequality in this country that caused us to resist and say, “No more injustice.” The sweat, the tears and the blood spilled just so we could be free.
We have marked many milestones along the journey. We continue to celebrate our first African-American President, Barack Obama. As President Obama, elected to a second term, shared with the nation in his Presidential election speech, “Change has come to America! Unify and become One”
This Heritage Festival has been a vehicle to generate change in Eustis and Lake County. We all must continue to move change forward, building an even better, stronger and prosperous Eustis.
Yours in Service,