Seattle, WA— On Saturday, July 17th, Africatown Community Land Trust and community partners will be hosting the ReUnion On Union Community Dinner & Block Party to honor the legacy of Black families in the Central District.
Over 100 families with deep ties to Seattle’s historically Black neighborhood have registered to attend this community event, using the opportunity to reconnect and break bread in the neighborhood that has been their foundation, even while many have been displaced across the region.
The event will highlight their journeys and the legacy of their contributions that made the Central District a thriving Black community in the face of persistent, systemic racism.
It will also recognize the current resurgence of Black-owned businesses in the Union corridor from MLK Way to 20th Avenue, even while gentrification and displacement continue to impact the ability for Black residents to live and work in the neighborhood.
This reunion takes on a special significance in the wake of COVID-19, as family and community have had few opportunities to come together since the start of the pandemic.
The event will feature food from Black-owned restaurants Catfish Corner, Ezell’s, Wally’s Soulfood, Lil Red’s and internationally acclaimed Communion Restaurant and Bar.
Music will be provided by guest DJs Uncle Guy (longtime owner of A.R.S. records), DJ KD and ItsTr3nt.
The event is supported by Community Passageways, Odessa Brown Childrens Clinic, Meredith Mathews YMCA, Community Roots Housing, Boon Boona Coffee, ToyBox Consulting and other community businesses
Children’s Activities include slime making and book giveaway sponsored by Africatown Center for Education & Innovation and Seattle Public Library.
For more info, please visit https://www.africatownlandtrust.org/2021-reunion-on-union/ or call 206.596.2896.
Where: 24th Avenue, between Union & Pike St.
When: 4:00pm-8:00pm PST
Attendees: please observe prevailing recommended COVID19 safety procedures.
Africatown Community Land Trust acquires, stewards and develops land assets that are necessary for the Black/African diaspora community to grow and thrive in place in the Central District and Greater Seattle area.