The annual event celebrating black culture in Iowa is underway today in Des Moines. Betty Andrews is coordinator of “I’ll Make Me A World in Iowa,” which is expected to gather thousands of people from across the state. She says it’s non-stop performances by African-American singers, dancers, musicians and story-tellers. There’s also artwork, historical exhibits and plenty of food. Andrews says there’ll be a mock operating room, staffed by black Iowa physicians, trying to encourage young blacks to pursue careers in the medical field. She adds, many blacks are diagnosed with diabetes which can be easily treated if found early. This year’s event features health screenings for both diabetes and bone density.The events are underway today from 10 to 6 at the State Historical Building in downtown Des Moines. Admission is free. For more information, surf to “www.worldiniowa.org” or call (515) 707-IOWA.
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