the historical african american day parade
The African American Day Parade (AADP) was founded in 1968 by two organizations, Afro-American Day & United Federation of Black Community Organizations. The first meeting was held at 2315 Seventh Avenue in Harlem, NY. The meeting was overseen by Livingston Wingate and Conrad Peters and Mr.Wingate was elected as Chairman. The two men were joined by eleven other community organizers including, Jacqueline Peterson, Abdel Krim, Abe Snyder, Cenie J. Williams, Ennis Francis, Joseph Steele, Piankhi Akinbaloye, Bernice Bolar, Adeyemi Oyeilumi, Llyod Mayo and Leonard Davis. These thirteen members saw a need for increased positive images and representation of African Americans within the community, so they decided to stand on the front lines of change.
The African American Day Parade was formed as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of promoting unity, integrity and excellence amongst African Americans. It provides a platform for multi-sectors of the community to come together and celebrate our heritage, talents and accomplishments, while also honoring our ancestors on this special day.
The legendary Harlem, NY was selected as the location for the parade due to its large representation of African Americans and it has been proclaimed the Black capital of America. AADP is classified as a national parade and has the widest cross-section of African American organizations in the country. It is our mission to continuously provide motivating environments that inspire African Americans to visualize greatness, emulate positivity and achieve higher goals.
This is your parade, see you in September!
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Check out the African American Day Parade's timeline of events
48 Year History.!
One year after the Civil Rights Act was passed, the African American Day Parade was formed as a way to promote unity, dignity and pride amongst African Americans and to celebrate culture, heritage and legacy.
Celebrated artist Lorraine O’Grady challenges main stream to re-think perceptions of Blackness by transforming a float into a moving gold post. Standing on it were various African American male & female dancers holding gold frames. Her work was recently featured at the Harlem Studio Museum, more than three decades later.
The Federation of Black Cowboys make their way down the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. parade route, as the events annual finale.
At the tender age of 14 years old, Amari "Tigress" Avery became the youngest Grand Marshall in African American Day Parade history. She has been making a lot of history lately. In 2013, Netflix featured a documentary focused on the rising career of this young golf star. Since her walk in Harlem she has gone on to win the FCG Western States Junior Players Cup & 2017 AGJA Championship.