Big turnout for Pittsburgh Black Family Reunion

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WEEKEND OF FUN FOR ENTIRE FAMILY—During one of Pittsburgh’s most glorious sunny weekends in August at Schenley Park, in Oakland, Community Empowerment Association Inc. sponsored one of its best and most attended outings of the past few years. Beginning early Saturday morning, Aug. 3, CEA’s President and CEO Rashad Byrdsong, held a “Call to Action” summit of community leaders to help solve some of the many problems in the Black community. Afterwards, the continuously growing crowd throughout the day were fully entertained with food and family fun for the kids and adults with the highlight of the weekend being the legendary group from Chicago the Chi-Lites, and jazz musician Roy Ayers. Above Mt. Ararat Baptist Church members enjoy the weekend of fun and enlightenment. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)


GETTING INTO THE GROOVE—Hundreds turned out for the event and to enjoy the smooth sounds of the Chi-Lites.

LEARNING TO APPRECIATE NATURE—Young Elijah Durham, 2, from Hazelwood, enjoys feeding the goats at the 2013 Black Family Reunion.


ENJOYING THE DAY AND EACH OTHER—President of NEED Inc., Maria M. Sturdivant and husband, Larry Anderson.


CLASSIC R&B—Oldies but goodies, The Chi-Lites with Rashad Byrdsong.


DON’T FIGHT THE FEEL’N—Special musical guest Roy Ayers, middle, with host KDKA reporter Bob Allen and Grove Production producer Brandi J. Lipford, the mistress of ceremonies.

RAPPER WITH A CAUSE—“Mailbox Carter” and some of the students of CEA.


ANSWERING THE CALL—Back, from left: Gary White, Nicole Berry, Margie Davis. Front, from left: T. Rashad Byrdsong, Brandi Fisher and Toni Mitchell.


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