The 30th Annual AAFRO Festival, renamed the FCII Festival and Trade Show, was one of the highlights of the year for this blogger. The theme was "Unity in the Community--It is Your Turn!" For the opening day (July 9), Minister Gerald Evans had some participants walk down Cleveland Street in an effort to familiarize us with the local businesses . On July 10, we spent the day at Lorain County Community College for the morning trade show, in which local agencies and businesses promoted themselves, followed by lunch, workshops, and the Elizabeth Coleman dinner, in which various organizations and individuals from Elyria/Lorain area were presented awards for their support of the festival. On July 11, we had Family Unity Community Day at Lorain County Community College which featured recreation. Although we were unable to be outside due to heavy rain, we enjoyed ourselves. In the afternoon there were more workshops, including one about the 2010 census and one about politics.
Minister Lawrance Lee Evans was the keynote speaker at the Martha Jordan Dinner. On Sunday July 12 we had church service outdoors at the Kanisa House, with Minister Akilah Ife Evans as the speaker. The festival came to an all too early end for everyone, and we all anticpate a bigger and better FCII festivakl in 2010. Kudos to Minister Gerald Evans for his outstanding work!