African American Festival Kicks Off in Warren

An annual tradition is back on Courthouse Square in downtown Warren this weekend.

The ribbon was cut Friday to officially open the 29th annual African American Achievers Festival. Gwendolyn Cheatum sang the National Anthem for Friday’s event.

The festival was started by Van Williams in 1985 and lives on through his wife Corrola.  There is food and rides for folks of all ages.

Bob Davis, president of the African American Achievers Association, said the festival is open to everybody.

“When you talk about our rich heritage and culture, as we come together as one, that gives us something to look at the legacies that went before us so that we come together and  hopefully we will last another 29 to 30 years,” Davis said.

The parade will take place at noon on Saturday. Bishop David Herron and his wife are this year’s marshals.

A health fair and a talent show will follow the parade.

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