Black Family Reunion Draws Big Crowds

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Good food, music, and a little stepping. Rockford’s African American community celebrated its culture Saturday in this year's Black Family Reunion.

The local section of the National Council of Negro Women hosted this year's party at Ellis Elemetary School on Rockford's west side.

They hold the party every year to get community members to meet each other, have fun, and celebrate the city's black community by welcoming all races from all over the city to learn about the culture.

Organizers say it's a great way to celebrate Rockford's diversity.

"It's the African-American culture and the celebration of family. We just want people to come out, have a good time. Rockford is a very diverse community, but everybody doesn't know about everybody. So those who don't know about the African-American culture can learn it and embrace it and help us celebrate it," Deetra Salas, a member of the National Council of Negro Women, said.

Organizers say since the weather held up, there's no doubt this year's crowd will top one thousand visitors which is better than last year's turn out.

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