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History and Purpose

The Black Family Reunion Celebration is a cultural event that is recognized as the largest, most significant family event in the nation, attracting more than 250,000 people each year!  Traditionally a three-day event, the festival celebrates the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African-American family.

This year the 26th Anniversary BFRC will be celebrated as a “One Day Mega Festival,” featuring themed pavilions that showcase African-American businesses and organizations.  Pavilion themes include health, education, economic empowerment, teen issues, and family values among a few.

The 26th Anniversary BFRC One Day Mega Festival will officially open with an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, September 10th at 8:30AM.  Festival activities begin at 11AM, which include:  themed pavilions, health screenings, celebrity appearances and performances, community service exhibitors, and ethnic food vendors. 

The day closes with a Dorothy Irene Height Tribute Concert (5:30PM- 8:30 PM) featuring national R&B and Gospel artists who reflect the ideas and values of the family and community.  This concert is appropriate for the entire family and will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height.

History

In response to the negative publicity regarding "the vanishing Black family," Dr. Dorothy I. Height, the late Chair and President Emerita, developed an idea for a positive, culturally-based event that would celebrate the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African-American family.  Most importantly, this event would serve as a rallying point for government agencies, private and public sector institutions, corporations, community-based organizations and families of all ethnicities to work together on solutions for issues affecting families.

The result of this idea was realized when NCNW hosted the first Black Family Reunion Celebration (BFRC) in 1986, and now has a program agenda that combines service, information and entertainment.  This year we proudly celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the BFRC.

Support The Festival

Now in its 26th year, the Black Family Reunion Celebration, located on the Washington National Mall in Washington, DC, provides a program agenda combining service, information and entertainment with workshops, issue forums, exhibits, health checks and demonstrations. The Black Family Reunion Celebration unifies the community for constructive action in the face of national concerns impacting the African American family in education, economic development, health and employment. Most importantly, the event serves as a rallying point for government agencies, private and public sector institutions, corporations, community-based organizations and families of all ethnicities to work together on solutions to the issues affecting families.

Each year, this free-of-charge festival relies solely on charitable contributions from corporate sponsors and individual donors. You can show your support by providing a tax deductible donation of any amount towards the operation costs of the Black Family Reunion Celebration. Your generous support ensures the festival will continue to go on for another year. Thank you in advance for your donation, and we hope to see you and your family at the next Black Family Reunion Celebration, September 10, 2011.

Mail Donations To:

National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Friends of Black Family Reunion Celebration
633 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

 





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