Black Expo Delights In Downtown Sacramento
Last weekend’s 33rd Annual Sacramento Black Expo in downtown Sacramento absolutely delighted Sacramentans of all colors and creeds. Hundreds of guests flocked in and out of Cesar Chavez Park which hosted the event, to be met by dozens of Black and minority-owned businesses. Among these amazing businesses, Unlimited Fashions By Samantha, Drea’s Creative Chaos, and Balla Status Sportswear. Just to name a few. Elk Grove Tribune editors visited Sacramento Black Expo for this report. Not only did the event delight us, but it also showed us just what Sacramento and Elk Grove’s Black entrepreneurs are made of as they recover and rebuild after COVID-19. Read on.
Sacramento Black Expo’s theme this year: Culture, Jobs, Business & Opportunities. We’d add to that (respectfully, of course), Music, Fun and Family! Everyone felt the vibe, more like a a family reunion than anything else as many community members reconnected with each other for the first time since COVID-19 started. Seriously thought, who can stand still and not move when Earth Wind And Fire or Stevie Wonder play? Nobody we know!
Just kidding, of course!
Speaking of COVID-19, Sacramento Black Expo followed all COVID-19 safeguards. Well done!
Culture, Jobs, Business & Opportunities
Sacramento Black Expo also featured dozens of local artists. Sacramento’s art and music talent truly is something special. Black artists and performers kept the crowd involved as a new live concert seemed to start every hour. Local organizers with grassroots groups such as American Redress Coalition of California, Coalition for a Just and Equitable California, and ETM Media Group used the event to raise awareness about Reparations. Members of the group handed out flyers, did interviews and spoke about the new California Reparations Task Force. The Task Force starts next Tuesday on June 1st.
Last weeks event sets off what could be a very busy summer of events showcasing local Black-owned businesses. In fact, several Juneteenth events are already set for June. Juneteenth is an annual celebration held the week of June 19th. The holiday recognizes the unofficial end of Slavery in America.
Of course, there are a bunch of really interesting events planned for this Memorial Day Weekend. One of those is North Vs. South BBQ Wars, the annual battle for best barbeque bragging rights! North Vs. South BBQ Wars is this Saturday 12 PM – 6PM at 2251 Florin Road in Sacramento.
Elk Grove Tribune looks forward to next year’s Sacramento Black Expo. In addition, we look forward to Juneteenth and Memorial Day events in Sacramento and Elk Grove. This year’s episode of Sacramento Black Expo definitely did not disappoint! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!