Over Memorial Day weekend, thousands of local residents converged in Newark’s Weequahic Park for the Annual African American Heritage Festival hosted by African American Heritage Parades Organization, Inc. (AAHPO). Both Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO were recognized as two of the prime sponsoring organizations that made this premier celebration of African American culture and history possible.
The festivities began on Friday evening with many free family-oriented activities. Attractions included a carnival as well as vendors and games. The event also featured local artists and a variety of performances. To view pictures, please CLICK HERE.
The festival is the largest Black Cultural Celebration in New Jersey and has been designed not to dwell on any negative aspects of years gone by, but instead, focus on where we are now and where we are going. The people connected with this festival from volunteers to attendees have grown both individually and as a group. It is through our collective efforts that we are promoting a sense of pride, unity and cooperation.