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6th Annual   
Albion Michigan  

Family Reunion 
a Celebration of Family, Community, and History

July 26, 2003
A Celebration of Family
The Albion Black Family Reunion.
 

The Albion Black Family Reunion is a celebration of the mind, body,
spirit, and soul of Albionís African-American community.  Its purpose is
to
remember, embrace, and restore the pride of families past and present,
who
have made notable contributions to the Albion African-American
Community.  With the focus being youth, family, and community
development,
the Albion Black Family Reunion has brought many of its native sons and
daughters back to help instill the pride of the Albion African-American
community.  Past keynote speakers have included former Albionite, Robert
Holland, Jr. (former CEO of Ben & Jerryís Inc.), Dr. Daniel Boggan,
(Chief
Operations Officer, NCAA), Charles Jones (Albion's First Black Mayor),
and
Winifred Brewer (Deputy Trial Counselor, The State Bar of California).
 

Event Highlights

*Salute To The Black Family Conference*
Salute To The Black Family Conference
is a forum for community leaders and citizens
to discuss critical issues facing Albionís African-
American Community. Health, education, economic
development, substance abuse, political actions are
some of topics discussed. The focus is to develop
solutions for the future.

Family Day Festival
The Family Day Festival is a day for families
and friends to reunite and remember the
good old days.The event is held at the historic
Holland Park, named after Robert Holland, Sr., a
local politician and community activist. Holland Park is also the site
of the former Westward School,
Albion's first all black school. The entertainment consist of music,
basketball, games for kids.  Health screenings are provided along with
vendors selling food, clothing, jewelry, and artifact.

The Salute To Excellence Celebration
The Salute to Excellence Governing Board Dinner recognizes outstanding
youth and adults who are achieving in academics, athletics, leadership,
and community service.

Operation Joy Reunion
Operation Joy Reunion is a community choir that was formed in 1979 that reunites former choir members to lift their voices in the celebration of the communities spiritual and gospel roots.  During the weekend, the choir sponsors a musical, that is open to the public.

The Power Within Youth Conference
The Power Within Youth Conference provides life skill development training.  Participants discuss their future goals and their present day concerns.

The Positive Images Book Review

The Positive Images Book Review is a review of African American books written by various African-American authors.  This review will be conducted by FRancis Chapell, Owner and manger of Poistive Images Book Store.

African-American Tennis and Softball Classics
African-American Tennis and Softball Classics  teaches participants basic fundamentals, sportsmanship, leadership and builds positive relationships.
 

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A Program of Minority Program Services Black Family Institute

For more information on the Albion Black Family Reunion

or other Minority Program Services programs, contact:

Paula Langston-Ware

Minority Program Services

300 B Drive North, P.O. Box 265

Albion, MI 49224

(517) 629-2113 Fax (517) 629-2029

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