Pensacola’s First Inaugural Black Family Day was held Saturday, May 30th at Muhammad’s Mosque #98 located at 1903 North T Street. The leadership of the mosque reached out to the Pensacola and Escambia County community to promote Black Family Day as a day to celebrate the beauty of the Black family, and to bring to light the issues that need to be focused on in the community to ensure economic growth and positive progression. It was also a day to address those issues that have been stumbling blocks to social and economic progress in the community—such as drugs, poor education and violence. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said, “The family is the basic unit of civilization. Therefore everything must be done to care for the family unit.”
Pensacola residents came out to have a great time playing games, eating and meeting new people from their community. There was also a Black historical exhibit by the Sankofa Heritage Museum, and business vendors such as The Gathering Awareness Bookstore, D&J’s Favorite Things and Deryan Designs.
Pensacola resident and local educator, Kenita Mitchell, attended the event and said, “I really enjoyed Black Family Day 2015 and I’m looking forward to the next one. It felt really good to be at a positive event promoting Black unity. Not only does Black lives matter, all Black lives matter. No matter the religion, economic status, career field or education level, all Black lives matter.” Cathy Dunmore, another Pensacola resident and parent said, “ Pensacola desperately needs something like this every year and the support and funds to keep it going so that each time we get together, we are building the community to accept each other and provide endless peace, love and unity.”
Black Family Day is also serving as a prelude to the 20th commemoration of the Million Man March in Washington D.C. on October 10, 2015. This year’s theme is straight and to the point—“Justice or Else”.