Local News Archive
Print Issue: September 7, 1995
It Was A Family Fun Day
ATLANTA--A gathering of the extended family brought more than 100 people together Aug. 26 for food, socializing, childrens games, stories and music.
Its A Family Affair-1995 gathered members of the African-American Catholic community to strengthen ties across parishes and campus ministries. Sponsored by the Office for Black Catholic Ministry and open to all, it was held at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hapeville.
While the rainy remnant of tropical storm Jerry forced the event to be moved inside, spirits were undampened. Ivory Coast dancer and choreographer Samba Diallo, assisted by dancer Ajile Greene and drummer Kofi McDonald, led children and adults in a celebration dance from West Africa. The djembe drum was bright and Diallo and Ms. Greene danced joyfully, soon inviting everyone to take part in a handkerchief-waving procession dance.
Later a buffet of food kept adults busy, while children were entertained with games and storytelling by several people including Deacon Alfred Mitchell of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Decatur and Washington-area performance-poet Gayle Danley.
The office is directed by Howard Brown and the event was planned by an interparish committee chaired by Connie Sambrone of St. Anthonys Parish, Atlanta.