UC Health presents The Black Family Reunion this year with the theme “Bold and Beautiful.” This three-day event will take place throughout Cincinnati and in Sawyer Point. Events will include a job fair, breakfast, FC Cincinnati Day and historic tour of Black Cincinnati.
By Keeyana Avery
Back Family Reunion Celebration
The Black Family Reunion Celebration (BFR) is set for Aug. 18-21. The four-day celebration will kick off at Hard Rock Casino with a job fair. The speaker series will return Thursday followed by the Heritage Breakfast Friday and the parade on Saturday, with the celebration continuing in Sawyer Point Park Saturday-Sunday. This year’s BFR Family of the Year is former Cintas president & COO, J. Phillip Holloman and family. This year’s parade Grand Marshal is Orlando Chapman.
Newly added this year is a historic tour of Black Cincinnati, which will give people the opportunity to learn more about Black historical sites and figures around Cincinnati. BFR will also be giving a family the opportunity to win a sponsored one-day family reunion in the park during the event this year. There will be plenty of family entertainment, including a backpack giveaway, during the events at the park.
“The Black Family Reunion is back for our 34th year and we are excited to be continuing the tradition of celebrating the Black family here in Cincinnati. We want to show the dynamic and rich aspects of our culture here in Cincinnati and plan to do that with our theme this year of bold and beautiful,” says Tracey Artis, executive director of BFR.
Sponsors for this year’s event include UC Health (presenting sponsor), Fifth Third, P&G, Interact for Health, Western & Southern, Nissan, Hamilton County Office of Reentry, UMADAOP of Cincinnati, Inc., Tri-Health, The Movement, Superior Career Fairs, Ohio National Financial Services, National Council of Negro Women, Community Action Agency, d.e. Foxx Associates, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kroger, Cincinnati NAACP, Miami University, SORTA/Metro, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, AKA Sigma Omega Chapter, Health Gap, McDonald’s, Urban League, Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati State, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Cincinnati Herald, Walker Funeral Home, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, First Financial Bank, African American Chamber, Journey Steel, US Bank, Kingdom Family Dentistry, the City of Forest Park, Kappa Alpha Psi, Sigma Gamma Rho, IDEA Schools and Guardian Savings Bank.
For more information and to see a complete list of events or to sponsor, please visit www.myblackfamilyreunion.org or call 513-229-0502.