Saturday, January 26, 2008

I'll Make Me a World in Iowa 2008

By Dana Boone

Iowa's big-scale celebration of African-American culture had it all Saturday -- Morris Chestnut. Enjoy photos from the event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines. All eyes were on Chesnut who took the stage to cheers and camera flashes with the festival's executive director, Betty Andrews.

Adrienne Jennings,center in black, of Ankeny and friends enjoy music while waiting for Chesnut to take the stage.

Onlookers await Chestnut.

Taylor English, 13, Shireena Taylor, 15 and Alex Franklin, 16, all of Des Moines, said they enjoy attending the festival each year.

Edward Young Jr., Enterprise Manager of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa sits amid books on black history.

The Iowa Bystander Newspaper.

Deborah Mobley, owner of Perfect Choice Hair & Beauty Supply located at Wakonda on Fleur in Des Moines spoke with potential customers at the festival.

Activist Veola Perry and Miss Black Iowa 2008 Evette Fantroy told festival-goers about the pageant, which is accepting applicants for the 2009 pageant. For more information visit the web site at

The Metro Youth Program of Rock Island, Ill., chillin' before performing.

Friday's I'll Make Me a World in Iowa Gala


Malcolm Goodwin, president and CEO of Promise IT Solutions, Inc., and BrownIowa contributor, Dawn Campbell


Braxton Pulley said...

I was at the event and it was incredible to see the large variety of industries, business sectors, and individuals that came out to support this excellent Iowa tradition! Great coverage and I like the photos.

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