CINCINNATI (AP) — An event to promote the traditions, values and coping skills of black families is kicking off in southwest Ohio.
The 28th Midwest Black Family Reunion, scheduled from Friday through Sunday at several locations in the Cincinnati area, focuses on dispelling negative perceptions about the black family, and features religious speakers, food, music and games, as well as free health screenings, The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/2bLrwAJ) reported.
The Black Family Reunion in the Cincinnati area is the nation’s longest-running one, and it and another in Rockford, Illinois, reportedly are the only places in the country that still hold the Black Family Reunion.
This year, Paul and Cynthia Booth, of Amberley Village, are receiving Family of the Year honors. They and others in the black community say the black family remains resilient and important amid questions that it has deteriorated and contributed to economic and social issues.
“The state of the black family is not different than any other ethnicity, any other family,” said Paul Booth Sr., 62, a former two-time Cincinnati City Council member and congressional aide to former U.S. Rep. David Mann. “That being said, does the black family have some work to do? Yes.”
Booth said the reunion is about going back to their roots. The Booths said they continue their family traditions, including meals and prayer.
“I hope the black family never loses the ability to pray,” said Cynthia Booth, who owns six McDonald’s franchises. “No matter the trials and tribulations they face, I hope they can still pray. It sustains us. The family becomes stronger through prayer.”
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com