Most black families have been in the United States for well over two hundred years, and large family trees have many branches. As movies such as Soul Food and television shows like The Cosby Show
prove, African Americans strongly value family ties.
Central to cementing these ties is the family reunion. Reunions preserve the enduring strength of the family. But they are not just food and drink; they are also a time for reminiscences and play. Gaining the benefits that come for these get-togethers does not happen by chance. They take work and planning. Meeting the challenge of organizing a memorable event can sometimes take all year. What can you do? Where do you turn?
Here's help. How to Plan Your African-American Family Reunion provides all the guidance you will need to plan a perfect family reunion, from the simplest to the most elaborate. Mixing personal testimonies and photographs of actual reunions, this companion offers "secret" family recipes, suggestions for reunion activities, and mementos, from videos to T-shirts. There are also savvy tips to help you contact family members via the Internet and techniques for completing your family tree.
This lively book illustrates not only the fun of these unique family get-togethers but shows the value they have in keeping families together. With it you can assure that your family will prove strong and enduring into future generations.
Krystal Williams is a planning expert who has organized several family reunions for her family and has consulted for others. She lives in Houston, Texas.