TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union will hold its 17th annual African American Festival at Promenade Park on Saturday.
Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union CEO Suzette Cowell said the festival started as a simple vision,
“A vision. That’s how it started. We started on the corner of Detroit Indiana, we had 800 people. We were so excited. And now we’re in Promenade Park 17 years later,” Cowell said.
In previous years, the parade, festival and concert all took place in one year, but this year is different. The parade took place in July, and the festival and concert are tomorrow.
“We grew up, it’s the crisis of growth. At the beginning, we always had the children’s activities, and since we were in Promenade, we no longer have this avenue. So this year we decided after the parade that we would have activities for young people because we cannot forget them,” said Suzette Cowell.
During the event, those present will be able to hear live music, participate in family activities and, above all, eat good food. “We’re going to have ribs, hot dogs and funnel cakes. We’ve got ice cream, tacos, anything and everything you can ask for, we’re going to have it there,” Garnet said. Cowell, a festival staff member.
The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the history, health, and education of the African American community.
“I think it’s important to see the camaraderie, I think it’s important to see us come together. Especially with everything that’s going on, just to see everyone come together,” said Shariva Sutton, another festival staff member.
The Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union said it was important to bring the community together, especially at a time when there is a clear divide in the country and around the world.
They want people to leave the negativity at the door and have fun.
“It’s a peaceful event. We want positivity and good energy. All the chaos here leaves it where it’s at,” Garnet Cowell said.
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