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Black Family Reunion offers lessons for Ferguson

Thousands from across the Midwest are gathering this weekend for the 26th annual Black Family Reunion.  (Photo: FOX19) Thousands from across the Midwest are gathering this weekend for the 26th annual Black Family Reunion. (Photo: FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Thousands from across the Midwest are gathering this weekend for the 26th annual Black Family Reunion.

It's a chance for people of all colors to come together and celebrate families.

It's usually a big party, but this year it's subdued a bit by what's going on in Missouri.

Ferguson reminds many people of the Cincinnati riots back in 2001. That was a tough time, but since then there have been many changes and as people enjoyed the Black Family Reunion
many hope that Ferguson can follow Cincinnati's example.

Audrey Merrick of Roselawn says the people of Ferguson should consider the consequences of their actions. "Think twice before first tearing up where you live. You can picket....fine...peacefully....fine, but don't tear up where you live. "

Robin Clemmons of Hartwell says she came for the family friendly atmosphere. "We want to show our kids more about our black culture. Let them come out and have a good time. Show them we can all get together with no violence."

DeAndrew Jackson of Hamilton still grieves the death of his son who was murdered earlier this year, but he wants to send a message of unity. "I rather for everybody just wake up every
morning and say hi to somebody that they don't even know no matter the color or how they look."

There is plenty to see and do plus lots of vendors including seven year old Lauren Burks who says she is selling her book. "It's called my 100 hands and it helps and all these hands
in this book helps me do stuff like make lemonade."

There was plenty to eat and drink along with live music.

The Black Family Reunion is one of Cincinnati's biggest family friendly events. DeAsa Nichols says she brought her whole family. "I have my mother and my daughter and my granddaughter
and we represent four generations of the Nichols family."  

William Hunter of Mt. Auburn says it's great to see so many families having fun. "I just watch everybody enjoy themselves. You know, just watch all the kids and everybody having a good
time. I love it man."

There was a police presence, but they seemed to be enjoying the event as much as anyone.

DeAndrew Jackson says there's plenty to like about the event. "The music and all the families coming out you know. The children especially. You know, the mothers and fathers and I see
aunts and uncles and grandmothers I mean just a whole generation." 

The black family reunion picks up again Sunday at noon with a gospel concert beginning at 4pm. It's free and great fun for families of all colors.

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