11th Annual Black Family Reunion Saturday, Aug. 21

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The Rockford section of the National Council of Negro Women is bringing the 11th Annual Black Family Reunion to Levings Lake Park Saturday, Aug. 21. This year will feature an extremely appealing lineup of entertainment all day, with food, clothing and craft vendors, and music and dance.

Festivities kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. from Barbour School to Levings Lake Park. The parade will be led by The Lil’ Stooges Brass Band with youth drill teams.

An opening ceremony and youth performance showcase commences at the park at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., The Lil’ Stooges Brass Band of New Orleans will return to take the stage. This eight-piece band plays in the tradition of jazz funerals; as macabre as that might sound, it’s some good music with a great energy.

At 2:10 p.m., the Ngoma Dance Troupe will give a performance, followed by local favorite Dan Voll and Combo Loco at 3:45 p.m. At 4 p.m., vocalist Rosemary Todd will dish out a 10-minute performance right before a free style band takes the stage at 4:20 p.m. From 5:15 to 6 p.m., Harlan Jefferson will perform, and the day will then be rounded off by a closing candlelight ceremony.

Open to members of all ethnic backgrounds and races, the Black Family Reunion does not single anyone out, but rather celebrates the heritage of African Americans in our country’s history. The NCNW was created in 1935 by Mary McCleod Bethune with the idea of promoting leadership and “power” among African-American women. The not-for-profit membership organization has grown over the years to have an outreach to 4 million women.

There is no admission cost for The Black Family Reunion. More info: 968-4151.

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