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August 17-19, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio


The Black Family Reunion Celebration is one of Cincinnati's largest family-focused events. This 3-day fun-filled weekend event brings consumers, corporations, and communities together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. Bring your families and friends and make this a reunion to remember!
We appreciate the thousands of people who attend, volunteer and support our annual celebration. This year marks our 30th year, and our 2018 theme — appropriate as ever — is “A People of Purpose.” Our BFR nonprofit celebration is an empowering three-day cultural event that brings families, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the community together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. The event was inaugurated in 1989 here in Cincinnati and it has grown to be one of the city’s largest family-focused events — typically drawing over 25,000 visitors from our region and throughout the nation.


A People of Purpose.

UC Health presents the 30th Annual Black Family Reunion Celebration on August 17-19, 2018 at Sawyer Point. Thousands will get health screenings, find jobs, celebrate those making a difference in the community, and enjoy concerts from nationally-renowned performers—all FREE of charge. Of course, tasty restaurants and eye-catching vendors will be in tow to make the annual event extra special for attendees.

This year’s theme is, A People of Purpose. The family of the year is Jason and Tiffany Dunn. Tiffany is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Seven Hills Anesthesia and Jason is the first African American V.P. of Multicultural Sales & Community Development for the Cincinnati USA Conventions & Visitors Bureau. They have two children: Mya and Jason II.

Black Family Reunion History

The Black Family Reunion Celebration was inaugurated in 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event continues to grow and is now one of Cincinnati’s largest family-focused events drawing over 20,000 patrons. It is held annually on the third weekend of August. Conceived by Dr. Dorothy I. Height, President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, the Black Family Reunion Celebration is a 3-day cultural weekend event which brings consumers, corporations, and communities together to focus on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. The National Council of Negro Women is dedicated to ensuring that the historic morals of the Black family are showcased and reinforced through responsive and innovative community service programs, such as the Black Family Reunion Celebration. Dr. Dorothy L. Height

Tracey Artis, Executive Director

Ever since she can remember, Tracey Artis sensed her life’s calling was to help bring people together for common good and to make a difference. After receiving a bachelor of science degree in communications from Ohio University, she moved to Atlanta and launched her career with several jobs in corporate America. Artis’s life changed direction when she met Bryron Cage, an up-and-coming recording artist, through her church—and began working with him. Her passion for the Gospel music industry was ignited, and she never looked back.  

Friday, August 17

8:30 - 10:30 am

(Doors Open 8:00) Heritage Breakfast / Opening Ceremony Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank The Word of Deliverance Ministries for the World, Inc. 693 Fresno Road, Forest Park, OH 45240 (513) 851-9673 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elliott Cuff Sr. Pastor of Lincoln Heights Baptist Church Cincinnati, Ohio. Please come early. Seating is limited. First-come, first-serve! Learn how 1.4 million family caregivers who care for older parents, spouses, and other loved ones now have more support through The Ohio Caregiving Act. Tools and resources will be available for caregivers. (Arrive early; seats are limited!)

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Job Fair for the Community Sharonville Convention Center 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246 (513) 771-7744 Attendees are asked to bring copies of their resume and dress professionally.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Punching For Peace
(New to BFR this year)
Put down the guns/Pick up the gloves.
This is a USA amateur boxing tournament for both boys & girls age's range from 8 - 24 years old (Not a Pro - Am sparring session)
Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way

Saturday, August 18

Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffery Osborne performance is 6:30 - 730 pm on Saturday 18th. Second Wind opens for Jeffery Osborne

10:00 - 11:30 am

Black Family Reunion Parade Parade departs from the Avondale Town Center 3529 Reading Road in Cincinnati, OH 45229

Noon - 8:00 pm

Black Family Reunion Celebration Sawyer Point 705 E Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Includes Spirituality Pavilion, Young Adult Stage, Children's Pavilion, Kids' Fun Zone, Seniors' Pavilion, Health Pavilion, Non-profit Organizations, African American Heritage and Food Vendors, Jazz Alley & more

Seniors' Pavilion

1:00pm - 3:15 pm


3:15pm - 4:00 pm

MUSE (Music and information)


Grand Prize Giveaway

Noon - 2:00 p.m.

The Movement Fundamental Basketball Camp

2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

High School 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Sunday, August 19

10:00 am-Noon

Sunday Church Service New Beginnings Church of the Living God Keynote Speaker: Pastor Enon Tait Sawyer Point: Main Lawn

Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Sawyer Point Marvin Sapp's performance is 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Saturday August 19th Headline Performer: Marvin Sapp. The Grammy-nominated Gospel singer, songwriter & pastor performed with the group Commissioned in the 90s before beginning an award-winning solo career

Seniors' Pavilion

1:00pm - 2:15 pm


2:15pm - 4:00 pm

Voters Information & Comedian


Grand Prize Giveaway

Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Open Recreation

JOB FAIR - FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Attending a career fair is another way for candidates to bolster their job seeking efforts. At a career fair, job seekers put themselves directly in front of the companies that need their skills, giving themselves an advantage versus the competition. With Targeted Job Fairs, businesses and recruiters can meet face-to-face with hard-to-find technology, engineering and security-cleared professionals and complete immediate, in-person interviews. Targeted Job Fairs also produces all professions events and individual open houses in several markets for companies seeking experienced candidates in a variety of employment categories such as accounting and finance, sales, marketing and insurance.



AKA Children's Pavilion

Kristi Williams (Chair)

Games Pavilion

(aka Bid Whist and Chess Pavilion) Marvey Lewis (Chair)

Jazz Alley Pavilion

Chaka Buraimoh (Chair)

Lost Children Pavilion

Yvonne Smith/Jerome Jackson (Chairs)

Senior Pavilion

Jean Taylor (Chair)

Spirituality Pavilion

Bishop Michael Mitchell/Quinton Monroe (Chairs)

Young Adults Stage Pavilion

Philita Boykins (Chair)

Sports Pavilion

Brian Strayhorn (Chair)
New 2018 BFR Program Pavilion

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