In 1999 Harvey Miller organized the Dunbar Heritage Association as a charitable organization to ensure the continuance of the three cornerstones of black culture that he had dedicated himself to building for more than four decades. In 2014 he and the Dunbar Heritage Association received a SMART Award from the SM Arts Commission.
The mission of the Dunbar Heritage Association is the cultural preservation of the historically black Dunbar neighborhood through social practices, traditions, rituals, knowledge, spiritual beliefs, language, and artistic expression. We achieve our mission by:
· Celebrating our traditions by hosting the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March and Celebration, Black History Month, and Juneteenth Celebrations which honor our heritage.
· Advocating for the beautification and revitalization of the Dunbar Cultural Historic District. This includes bringing awareness to the cultural and historical contributions made by members of the black community (past and present) in the City of San Marcos
· Educating our community by providing a forum for people interested in learning about and preserving black culture through educational workshops, seminars, and communal events.
Hope is tenacious. It goes on living and working when science has dealt it what should be its deathblow. — Paul Laurence Dunbar