African American Festival Draws Thousands to SeaGate Center
To be on the safe side,
Suzette Cowell, CEO of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union
made a decision during the week before this year’s African
American Festival. Given the weather reports that there
would be rain throughout the weekend, she decided to move
the festival from the original outdoor site of Promenade
Park to the nearby SeaGate Center.
She was faced with the
problem of getting the word out on such short notice but,
apparently, she managed to do so. Thousands of people found
their way to the indoor site on this past Sunday, July 22
and enjoyed a day of snacking and eating the foods outside
the Center provided by the various vendors – chief among
them Ruby’s Kitchen.
Inside the Center, in the
vast lobby, dozens of vendors set up their exhibits offering
a variety of products.
Further inside – in the
vast auditorium – festival goers were entertained during the
day by – Darius Coleman, the Jerusalem Mass Choir, the
United Voices of United Vision Baptist Church, Friendship
Baptist Church, the First Church of God Combined Choir, a
disco party special music by DJ Ellery and, finally, the
headliners – The Dramatics. The Dramatics arrived on stage
at 7 p.m. thrilling the now-packed house.
Approximately 3,000 people
attended the festival this year in ts new location