Thousands of Texans converged on the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for the 15th Annual Texas Black Expo Summer Celebration, the state’s largest African-American empowerment trade show and festival. This year’s theme, Resilience: Weathering the Storms of Business, gave a nod to the strength of Houstonians still recovering from the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged the area in late 2017.
The four-day Summer Celebration event provided information, inspiration and education for the entire family. The Expo included a college fair, which featured representatives from several dozen colleges and universities including HBCUs, who met with students and parents about educational opportunities. Expo organizers also gave away $1,500 in scholarship money.
The NightLight Kids Adventure Zone provided endless fun for young children. The area included a bouncy house, face painting, games and more. The highly anticipated Diva Dialogue sponsored by MPAC panel did not disappoint. Actress Dominique Perry from the hit HBO TV show, “Insecure” took the stage along with host Jalene Mack and others to discuss hot topics and delve into what it’s like working in the entertainment industry. The Expo also included a health and wellness pavilion, beauty extravaganza, empowerment workshops, a kids and teen talent show, an artist showcase and of course, hundreds of exhibitors.
In addition to the exhibition, the organization honored community leaders who stepped up to help during Hurricane Harvey at its annual Corporate Awards Luncheon. Mayor Sylvester Turner received the Larry V. Green Leadership Award, named after the late city council member. Other honorees included Conscious Capitalism, Baker Ripley, Houston Community College and the Houston Forward Times.
The Texas Black Expo was founded on the mission of bettering the community and offering an opportunity for African Americans to find success as business leaders. Next year’s event will take place June 6-9, 2019, with the theme of Next Level Business: Franchising, Investing and Expanding.