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'It's going to be an amazing time': Black Family Reunion marks 35 years in Cincinnati

The event returns from August 17-20
The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion at Sawyer Point
Posted at 1:47 PM, May 25, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-17 10:27:11-04

CINCINNATI — The Black Family Reunion is back in the Tri-State.

The four-day event is celebrating 35 years in Cincinnati. It runs from August 17-20 with events at Fountain Square, the Duke Energy Center, the Corinthian Baptist Church, Avondale and Sawyer Point.

A sneak peak of this year's celebration was held back in May at Saturday Morning Vibes Cereal Bar, a Black-owned business in Avondale.

"It's going to be an amazing time," Black Family Reunion Executive Director Tracey Artis said. "Anybody that comes out will be uplifted, encouraged and strengthened."

There will be a food court, a health pavilion, a sports pavilion, a seniors pavilion, a children's pavilion, an area for non-profits along with a retail area.

The weekend also will feature a tour of Black Cincinnati and a college tour.

"It is designed to introduce high school students to a college campus," Artis said. The goal is to give high school students the opportunity to see a college campus in the city where they live, she added. The tour will stop at Xavier, UC, Cincinnati State and NKU.

This year's theme is "Proud & Powerful."

"It's our goal to educate folks and to really celebrate the special, unique bond of a Black family and how it is so strong here in Cincinnati," said Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval.

2023 Black Family Reunion

The event brings communities and corporations together to focus on the "historic strengths and values of the Black family," organizers said in a press release.

The 2023 Black Family Reunion has nearly 50 major sponsors including the Cincinnati Reds, P&G, Tri-Health, Cincinnati Children's and McDonald's.

It's among the few gatherings of its kind left in the country and one of the most popular with more than 10,000 people expected to flock to the Tri-State from across the Midwest.

The Black Family Reunion was founded by Dr. Dorthy Height in 1989 after she heard a journalist say "the Black family was becoming extinct."

Click here to learn more about this year's events.

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