Black Family Reunion Aug. 20-21 at Levings Lake Park

Free community-wide festival offers food, games, activities and lively parade

Staff Report

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is hosting The Black Family Reunion Celebration, a cultural event for the entire family, Aug. 20-21.

Friday, Aug. 19, a reception will be held at the Zeke Giorgi Center, 220 S. Wyman St., featuring philanthropist and former television journalist Merri Dee.

Dee is a Chicago native and serves as the Illinois president of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

During the reception, Dee will discuss issues pertinent to women, families and the community. Tickets can be purchased for $20. Contact Aprel Prunty at (815) 601-6904.

The Black Family Reunion Celebration in the park will be at Levings Lake Park, 1602 S. Johnston Ave. This free community-wide festival offers an exciting experience where all can enjoy the traditional family values and enduring strength of the black family.

The event is free, and attendees will enjoy great food, free games and free activities. A lively parade will be held at 3 p.m. at Levings Lake Park.

The state, county and city departments, along with other agencies, will be at the park educating the community. Tents will be dedicated to children, teens and senior citizens. Local producer Play Ray will provide entertainment for the festival.

NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy and community-based services, such as the Black Family Reunion. NCNW is a 501(c)(3) organization.

From the Aug. 17-23, 2011, issue

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