Thousands turned out at Sawyer Point Saturday afternoon for the 27th annual Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion to celebrate the family experience.
“We've always took time to experience this great opportunity to learn more about African Americans and we like to today just bring our grandchildren down here because we brought our children in the past," said Regina Robinson from Liberty Township.
Robinson said her family has been coming to the Black Family Reunion for years.
The three day event was started back in 1989, said executive director Tracey Artis.
She said, “We're just very excited that there are activities for persons of all ages and we hope that it strengthens the Black family.”
Teresa Southall of Forest Park said the event is educational for the entire community.
“I have my grandbabies and with everything that's going on in the world they need to know that all lives do matter and I think that with this function it really symbolize that, you know, that the family is important,” claimed Southall.
There's music, street theatre and even some up-and-coming entertainers for everyone to enjoy.
Everyone at the event raved about how the black community was able to connect by enjoying a weekend of festivities.
George Greene of Fairfield said he came to see a relative perform stating, “I like to be part of the community. I recently moved here and I have a relative here that's going to be performing tomorrow before the gospel event and I thought I'd come out and support him.”
“I like to see my people come together and have a good time. Listen to some good music,” said Will Smith.
The third and final day of Black Family Reunion is Sunday at 12:00 p.m. with a gospel concert at P & G pavilion.