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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Community Celebrates Diversity Featured

Community Celebrates Diversity Featured

By Janel Lee

Harker Heights Evening Star

The Killeen Civic and Conference Center was a host to a vast and diverse number of vendors and performances when the Community Expo came this past Saturday.

Formerly known as the Black Expo, the event sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chapter Mu Theta Omega is currently in its 14th year of being an event.

The change in name came to be after looking over feedback concerning the expo and wanting the event to not be just about black people but for everyone.

“We are a unified community,” said Taneika Driver-Moultire, president of the Mu Theta Omega chapter and chair of the event as she explained the change in name.

Driver-Moultrie said the event was a way to promote young people, using the proceeds from this year’s expo for their scholarship fund. Last year the chapter gave out $11, 500 in scholarships to Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Belton school districts and the goal is to match the same amount.

One of the highlights for the event was Mikaila Ulmer, a young entrepreneur from Austin who created the product Bee Sweet Lemonade after participating in Lemonade Day in Austin.

A recipe that came from her great-grandmother’s recipe book which uses flaxseed, honey, and mint.

Ulmer has been selling her tea at the Whole Foods in Austin.

When asked her thoughts about being invited to the expo Ulmer said she was “really flattered.” Ulmer held a workshop about being an entrepreneur and about bees, encouraging the children to get involved with the local Lemonade Day.

Other events included various demonstrations from such groups like Hamm’s Institute of Martial Arts and the Jazzercise group located in Killeen.

A variety of restaurants were present for the food tasting including Faye’s Organic Café and Knights Knook.

There was also a step show among the schools.

This year’s expo was Driver-Moultrie’s last year being the chair of the event and said that her time is over and she wanted to make sure the last event went out with a bang.


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