My Parade Experience: Black Joy
It’s Friday, so let’s flashback to the 47th African American Day Parade from two weeks ago. I wanted to show you the Black love and pride that I felt and saw that day. It’s essential to see these beautiful Black images during this time when our news feeds are flooded by images of violence carried out on Black bodies and Black people. I hope these joyous images of Black bodies provide us with temporary relief and give you some new images of our Black pride, Black beauty and Black joy. Click to see the images of Black Joy from right here in Harlem.
It was a day that was Black Joy AF. Click on the image to view it larger and view in a slideshow.
HISTORY OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN DAY PARADE
The first African-American Day Parade was in September 1968. According to the African American Day Parade website, the purpose of the parade was to create a special day to highlight the history and achievements of African Americans throughout the World. Harlem was selected as the site for the parade due to the large representation of African Americans and since it was known as the Black capital of America.
The first Grand Marshal of the parade was Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Some of the past Grand Marshals included Denzel Washington, Spike Lee and Congresswoman Shirley Chishol.