The Sankofa Cultural Arts Center was the site last Sunday of the first annual Father’s Day Dinner and Fashion Show. The event’s organizer, Shirley D. Scott, a community activist who wears many hats, said, “I wanted to have this event right here in the community. Once I came here to the Sankofa Center I loved it, and I figured it would be a good place to put on a show.
“What made me come up with this idea was something to keep the children busy,” she added. “I love working with children. I get a lot of respect from them and this was a great way for them to honor their fathers. I use to put on these events about 10 years ago, so I plan to have this event each year.”
Scott also has a catering service, Create Your Own Catering, and was responsible for the events food. The fashion show, called Mahogany II, was great and many of the models wore creations Shirley Scott made herself. When the children came out showing their fashions and posing like professionals, the audience loved it.
Malcolm and Stacia Crawford, proprietors of the Sankofa Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., are a young couple whose focus is community and doing business in the Austin community. The cultural center is a large place that hosts community events. On Saturday, the center was one of the locations for the Juneteenth Festival taking place near the facility at Chicago and Mayfield avenues.