By Keeyanah Avery

Lack Family Reunion Communications

The Black Family Reunion returns this year with a hybrid event structure adapted for COVID-19 safety protocols. UC Health returns as the presenting sponsor and the theme for the event is “Faithful and Fearless.” A combination of virtual events and a community support day at Sawyer Point make up this year’s celebration.

The Black Family Reunion Celebration (BFR) is set for Aug. 14-15. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will look different, and encompass virtual events and a day of community support at Sawyer Point Park, including a new structure for Sawyer Point. Saturday’s (August 15) focus will be to provide access to COVID testing for African Americans, voter registration, a school supply giveaway, food box giveaway and a food truck rally. This year, organizers plan to use the day at the park specifically to serve the community.

“The Black Family Reunion exists to uplift and celebrate the Black community and family structure. With our community experiencing devastating results of COVID-19 and continuous injustices at the hands of police and a broken system, it’s important for us to have this event this year,” says Tracey Artis, event producer. “We want to shine a light on how faithful and fearless we are as a people and bring some joy and positivity to those who might need it.”

Cincinnati’s Black Family Reunion event is the last remaining event of this type in the country. This year’s schedule of events will include:

Thursday, August 13: 

● Speaker Series featuring Congresswoman Maxine Waters; 7 p.m. This event will be held virtually and is free.

Friday, August 14:

● Heritage Breakfast. Dr. O’dell Owens, President and CEO of Interact for Health; 11a.m.  This event will be held virtually and is free.

● Gospel concert featuring Karew Entertainment artist Kierra Sheard; 7 p.m. This event will be held virtually and is free.

Saturday, August 15:

● Community support at Sawyer Point- 12 – 6 p.m., featuring COVID-19 testing.

Thursday, August 13: About the Black Family Reunion … About Tracey Artis 

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