Black Heritage Committee and the western heritage of African Americans

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HOUSTON - The Houston Livestock and Rodeo is quickly approaching and while it gives everyone a chance to kick up their boots and have a good time, it also gives folks a chance to learn about the western heritage of African-Americans.

The Black Heritage Committee, founded more than 20 years ago, is the group responsible for organizing the Rodeo's Black Heritage Day.

"Our goal for our committee is to reach out into the African-American community as well as the city of Houston to introduce western heritage of black individuals throughout the city of Houston and the state of Texas," said Curtis Clerkley, Officer in Charge for Black Heritage Committee.

"We have a lot of things to offer. We have a lot of activities for kids. It's a family day, but more than anything else, it's an opportunity to come out and understand what the show has to offer from a western heritage standpoint," said Clerkley.

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