AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE

AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE


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AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE PROMOTED UNITY, JUSTICE AND
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The 42nd Annual African American Day Parade was held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in Harlem. Over 900,000 people lined Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard from 111th Street to 142nd Street and cheered the parade. It was the largest parade in 42 years. The theme of the parade was WORKING FOR UNITY, JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT. The purpose of the parade is to provide an opportunity for Blacks to join together on a Special Day to highlight our history and salute African people throughout American and the world for their outstanding achievements.

The Grand Marshals were  David Paterson, Congressman Charles Rangel, David Dinkins, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Adelaide Sanford, William Thompson and District Council 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts. The Parade Marshals were Congressman Gregory Meeks, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook and Imam Izak-El Mueed Pasha. Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilman Charles Barron, and many elected officials, public officials and community leaders marched in the parade.

The parade included the widest cross-section of Black organizations in America. Bands and organizations came from 12 states. Some of the organizations marching in the parade included One Hundred Black Men, 100 Black Women, Brotherhood of Grand Lodges, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, National Action Network, Ancient Egyptian Order, National Society of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, NAACP, New York Urban League, Spirit of Hope-Cancer Survivors, New York Black Nurses, 369th Veterans Association, Grand Council of Guardians, Committee For A Slavery Memorial, Millions For Reparations, Vulcan Society, African American Benevolent Society, Association of Black Social Workers,  Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, Muhammad Mosque No. 7, Yorubas of North America, churches, labor unions, colleges, sororities, fraternities and many other organizations.

For additional information, call Parade Chairman Abe Snyder or Vice Chair Tamara Norman at (212) 348-3080. The mailing address for the parade is African American Day Parade, P.O. Box 501, College Station, New York, NY 10030.