African-American Festival to be held July 18-19

July 14, 2015 | Events, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences
By Cassandra DeYoung

The 11th annual African-American Festival, “Celebrating Our History, Health and Education,” will rock The University of Toledo’s Scott Park Campus Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19.

African American festivalRain or shine, each day will feature musical performances from 2 to 10 p.m. with gates opening at 1 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, festivities will feature performances by The Five Deep Bank, Darrell Banks, Steve Perry, Boom the Bomb, Katrina Barnhill, and Zapp. Additionally, the annual parade will begin at the corner of Dorr Street and Detroit Avenue at 10 a.m. and end at Nelson Grace Park.

Attendees can expect to hear The New Psalmist Praise Team, Purpose, Abundant Life Ministries Men’s Chorus, Chris Byrd True Victory Ministries, Darius Coleman & The D.C. Singers, and The Rance Allen Group Sunday, July 19.

Free health screenings sponsored by the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, and Rocket Wellness will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the event.

“It is critical for the community to understand their health, and we’ve saved lives through these screenings on a number of occasions when people did not realize their health was in jeopardy,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, UT chief diversity officer and associate vice president for equity, diversity and community engagement. “Reaching out is another demonstration of The University of Toledo’s care for the community and the populations that we serve.”

In addition to the weekend celebration, the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union will host a prayer breakfast Friday, July 17, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ruby’s Kitchen, 4933 Dorr St. Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union, located at 1339 Dorr St.

Presale festival tickets may be purchased in advance for $12 at or at the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $15.

Discounted tickets for $8 are available for senior citizens and college students, $5 for youth between the ages of 12 and 17, and $2 for children 11 and younger.

For more information, contact the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union at 419.255.8876.

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