Here’s everything you need to know about Black Family Reunion 2022
Come one, come all to the 34th Annual Midwest Black Family Reunion.
The four-day celebration, which will have its central location in Sawyer Point Park, will take place throughout Cincinnati from August 18-21. “Bold and beautiful” is the theme of this year’s festivities.
The celebration will kick off Thursday with a job fair at the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati. There will also be a historic tour of Black Cincinnati, a grand parade and many other events throughout the four days.
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“The Black Family Reunion is back for our 34th year, and we are excited to continue the tradition of celebrating the Black Family here in Cincinnati. We want to show the vibrant and rich aspects of our culture here in Cincinnati and plan to do so with our theme this year “BOLD and Beautiful,” said Tracey Artis, Executive Director of Black Family Reunion.
History of black family reunions
The National Council of Black Women, led by Dr. Dorothy Height, founded the National Black Family Reunion Celebration to celebrate and recognize the strength of the African American family. The Cincinnati event is held annually on the third weekend of August at Sawyer Point Park and other venues around the city.
Historically, black family reunion rituals (i.e. barbecues, line dancing and matching t-shirts) date back to property slavery when enslaved families were often separated by their property owners. slaves, according to the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
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After the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which guaranteed slaves their freedom, many African Americans sought to find their lost family members. Their efforts emphasized the importance of family to their status as free people.
Here’s everything you need to know about Black Family Reunion 2022.
Schedule of Events for the 34th Annual Black Family Reunion
Thursday August 18
BFR Career Fair: Hard Rock Casino, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
BFR Speaker Series (with Professor Eric Michael Dyson): Corinthian Baptist Church, 7-9 p.m.
Friday August 19
BFR Launch Breakfast (with Iris Roley): Fountain Square, 9-11am
Black Cincinnati Historic Tour (with Professor Eric Jackson): Bus departs from Fountain Square after Heritage Breakfast, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday August 20
Black Family Reunion Parade (with Orlando Chapman): Downtown Avondale, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lando’s Old School Happy Hour: Yateman’s Cove/Sawyer Park, 3-7 p.m.
BFR Urban Concert (with Raheem DeVaughn): Sawyer Point Park, 12pm-8pm (performances start at 6pm)
Sunday August 21
BFR Morning Church Service (with Donnie McClurkin and Ernest Pugh): Sawyer Point Park Amphitheater, 10-11:30 p.m.
BFR Gospel Concert (with The Clark Sisters): Sawyer Point Park, 12pm-8pm (performances start at 6pm)
Jazz Alley Schedule
Saturday August 20
DJ Kool Ken, 1:30 p.m.
Ric Sexton, 2 p.m.
YOLO Group, 2:30 p.m.
Ed Thomas, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday August 21
DJ Terrie B. Cold & the Stepper Foundation, 1:00 p.m.
Pure Chemistry, 2:00 p.m.
J.B. Saxy, 3:00 p.m.
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The four-day celebration will also include back-to-school gifts, a daily play pavilion, a spiritual and inspirational tent and more.
Meet the Family of the Year 2022 Black Family Reunion
Each year, the Black Family Reunion Board of Directors selects a family to honor based on their commitment to strengthening our city through community service. Phillip and Gail Holloman and their two children, Jamia and Desmond, will be honored at several events this year.
The Holloman family has been a pillar of Cincinnati’s black community, supporting and contributing to many black businesses and causes and advocating for social justice.
The Holloman family established the 7 Principles Foundation in 2019, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations specializing in childhood development, adult job training, and social equity advocacy. The family also operates 7 Principles Investment Group, which promotes sustainable lifestyles and generational wealth. The group invests in residential and commercial real estate, the stock market, cryptocurrency and private equity funds.
The Hollomans have provided time and financial support to the Greater Southwest Ohio Urban League, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Groomsmen, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 3R Development, Black Leadership Forum, United Missionary Baptist Church, Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, and Minority Business Accelerator. The family also established the J. Phillip Holloman Endowment Fund to help minority-owned businesses.
For more information on the 34th Annual Midwest Black Family Reunion, visit its website.