Black Fair 2007 at Clock Tower May 25

Black Fair 2007—the first “celebration of love, peace and creativity” dedicated to the memory of those who died as American slaves—is set for May 25 in Rockford.

Event sponsor and Publisher of New Negro Magazine Derrick Williams said the event “is all about culture…and honoring those ancestors who gave this country 500 years of free labor but never received any recognition.”

Black Fair 2007 will include an art fair, book signings, spoken word dramatizations and an evening of food and entertainment. All events are free. Questioned about the recent series of “apologies” for slavery coming from the states of Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama, Williams said: “They are not sufficient. All Americans should unite on May 25 and pay tribute to those whose contributions have been long denied.”

The event will be at Clock Tower Convention and Conference Center in Rockford. Those interested in more information about the event can e-mail or call (847) 689-4406. The organization’s Web site is

from the May 23-29, 2007, issue

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