17th Annual African American Festival announced

17th Annual African American Festival
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 2:20 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The 17th Annual African American Festival will be a separate two-weekend event.

The African American Festival Committee held a press conference on June 28 at 11:00 A.M. to discuss details and announce the concert line-up for this year’s annual African American Festival.

“We are so grateful of the support and love that we receive from the community each year. The Festival has grown tremendously,” Suzette Cowell, Founder, and CEO of the credit union said. “We thought it was important to continue our tradition of the parade and music festival, but also provide more activities for the inclusion of our youth. Two weekends will allow us to do that for the community.”

The festival will kick off on Friday, July 15 with the community-wide Prayer Breakfast that will be held at the Glass City Metroparks’ Pavilion.

This year’s honorees include Sonia Flunder-McNair of Sonia Organics and Urban Wholistics; Adam Levine of the Toledo Museum of Art; Willie Perryman of NAACP; Suzanne Rorrick of Toledo Opera; and David Ross of The Arts Commission. Zahra Aprili Collins of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union will be the Masters of Ceremony of this year’s breakfast.

The parade will follow on Saturday, July 16. at 10 a.m. It will start on the corner of Dorr St. and Detroit Ave.,− traveling down Dorr St. towards Collingwood Blvd. turning south at City Park towards Indiana Ave, turning west on Indiana Ave, and continuing towards Detroit Ave. − and end at Nelson Grace Park. Here, a community fun day filled with family activities, entertainment, food, and fellowship will take place after the parade.

The music festival will be a one-day event held on August 6. The Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union is hosting the festival this year as part of its 26th anniversary. The main stage will feature performances by artists from all genres along with vendors’ food and community resources.

This year’s lineup will include a Tribute to the late Rance Allen; Zia Cook; Comedian Keith Bender; Troop; Sunshine Anderson; Lyfe Jennings; Zapp and The Whispers.

For more information about this year’s festival or for Sponsorship, Vendor, Advertisement, and Parade Participation please contact Garnet Cowell at 419-255-8876 ext. 205 or email AAFestival@ToledoUrban.net

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