Midwest Black Family Reunion returns this weekend

Celebration for all families, organizer says

CINCINNATI – The Midwest Black Family Reunion is a celebration of all families, one of the organizers says.

"Yes, it's black family, and we are celebrating the black family. But it's inclusive of all families," Cassandra Robinson says.

Robinson has seen the MBFR grow into a three-day event that attracts 50,000 people. And she says more and more of them represent other races and nationalities.

"We invite all families regardless of race," she said. "It really is just celebrating families in general."

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Originally, the event was held in 25 cities. Now, it's only in Cincinnati. And it's getting bigger and better.

"We have a lot more volunteers. We have a lot more organizations and groups that are involved in the event," Robinson said.

Friday's job fair is just one of the additions to the annual celebration.

Each year the reunion celebrates a family "who represents excellence in the areas of community service, volunteerism and promoting the family."

This year's honorees are Cassandra and Eric Robinson. Read more about them! 

City leaders expect this weekend's event be a big success.

"It's a very, very positive event for our entire city because, at the end of it, everyone in Cincinnati is family," police chief Jeffrey Blackwell said.

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