12th Annual Black Family Reunion at Levings Lake

The Black Family Reunion, an annual cultural festival celebrating African-American family life, celebrates its 12th year on Saturday, Aug. 20. The festival takes place in communities all over the United States, sponsored by local sections of the National Council of Negro Women.

Rockford’s event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 20 at Levings Lake, showcases talented young singers, dancers and musicians from the Rockford area, plus a dance workshop by the Rockford Dance Company and a performance by Rockford’s Ngoma Dance Company. The event is sponsored by the Rockford Section of the National Council of Negro Women. More than 20,000 people from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are expected to attend the daylong cultural festival.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m., with a parade from Barbour School at Montague and Rose streets with youth drill teams, Boy and Girl Scouts, VIPs and many more community participants. The parade proceeds west along Montague Street to Levings Lake Park at Montague and Johnston streets.

The festival continues at Levings Lake Park with music, entertainment, vendors selling food, clothing, arts and crafts, community service agencies and more.

Opening ceremonies will be at 11 a.m., followed by a workshop by Rockford Dance Company at 12:45 p.m. Youth performances will be given from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The National Council of Negro Women is a non-profit organization founded in 1935, dedicated to helping women improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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