Stockton, CA/Bilingual Weekly
Continuing a 42-year-old mission to preserve, promote and foster an ongoing cultural celebration that encompasses family values and traditions, the Stockton Black Family Day will now last 3 days.
The now-renamed 2010 Stockton Black Family Day Weekend Celebration & Festival will start at the Bob Hope Theater on Friday, September 3rd and conclude at its new main venue —the Weber Point Event Center— on Labor Day Monday, September 6th.
The theme of the festival is “Committing to Excellence: A Tribute to Lavenna Moppins Gray,” and will highlight the many contributions of Mrs. Gray —who passed away earlier this year. A pillar in the African American Stockton Community for over 50 years, Grey was also the longest-serving President of Black Family Day.
On Friday, 6 p.m., the Bob Hope Theatre will host “Black Family Day at the Movies” showing “Solomon Northrup’s Odyssey,” a classic film which portrays the true story of a popular musician who was kidnapped and forced into slavery. Admission is free, though a small donation is requested to assist with the cost of the reception.
On Saturday, 8:30 a.m., the San Joaquin County Office of Education will host “The State of the Black Community: Access to Power Summit” to educate area residents on issues of concern to the Black Community as they relate to improving the educational, economic, healthcare and judicial conditions confronting our youth. The Keynote Speaker will be Bishop Booker T. Guyton. Registration, breakfast and lunch are free.
And at 9:00 am on Labor Day, Monday, September 6th —continuing a two-decade tradition— the festivities will commence at the Weber Point Event Center (221 N. Center St., Stockton) with the Morning Health Walk, which last year included more than 100 walkers of all ages. Registration is at 8:00am, and a free continental breakfast will be served.
This year’s Festival will also include the BFD Marketplace (health & wellness information and services, food, vendors, and exhibitors); the popular Gospel Explosion; invited speakers addressing health concerns, social issues, and financial literacy; a Youth Forum—”Say It Loud!,” introducing Black Youth Organizations in San Joaquin County; and the First 5 San Joaquin’s Children’s Pavillion, featuring the 2nd Annual Tot-O-Lympics, created especially for children ages 1-5 to show off their talents.
For updates and more information, visit stocktonblackfamilyday.org