Editor's Note

August 05, 2007|By Karlayne Parker | Karlayne Parker,UNISUN EDITOR

When I was a child, each September my father's side of the family had a homecoming weekend. That was our family reunion of sorts because it was sometimes the only time of the year when I would see most of my aunts, uncles and cousins in one place.

The funny thing was that most of us lived in the Philadelphia area. While we didn't see each other much there, we made it a habit to travel three hours south to a relative's house for that annual weekend.

It was a time to catch up and discover what was new in our lives.

As a family, we attended softball games in which one of my cousins was a star player.

We'd stay up for hours -- the adults talked about people they knew in common, politics and church events, and the children played or watched television.

And there was always plenty of soul food.

The weekend culminated with services at my aunt's church, where there were other families who -- like us -- decided to bring the entire clan together for fellowship.

This was my family reunion experience for many years.

However, many African-Americans have much more detailed reunion plans. And summer is usually the time for such an activity.

Writer Arnesa Howell (starting on Page 12T) introduces you to three families in the Maryland area who for the past year have been planning their family reunions in Baltimore. For these families, the experience is much deeper than my own.

These families believe in making this a generational experience in which young relatives learn about their elders, both alive and deceased. The article also gives tips on how to plan a family reunion.

Since it is still summer for another month, take a look at Page 18T for some ideas of what to do and see. If you're planning a trip to Florida this year, why not consider doing something other than seeing Mickey Mouse? Go check out some of the African-American heritage sites there.

And as some of you might know, G. Garvin of TV One's Turning Up the Heat was in Baltimore recently. We sat down and talked with him about how he became a chef who's in high demand.

I hope you enjoy UniSun, because we enjoy writing for you. Let us know what you think. Write me at unisun@baltsun.com.

We'll see you in October.

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