The Black Love Fest is Making Its Way to San Francisco This Weekend

People will be celebrating black love this weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area. The inaugural Black Love Festival—which is taking place this Saturday, July 18th at 12 p.m.—has been organized by China Pharr, Leigh Davenport and Etecia Brown. “It's a "Black-centered" event, meaning we're celebrating and loving Black people and culture, but everybody is encouraged to attend and enjoy the event,” the organizers said on their Facebook page.

Black Love Festival: from Leigh Davenport-deBoer on Vimeo.

The free event, which is led by volunteers, is meant to serve as an example of love being used as a tool to organize, build bridges, provide resources and highlight safe and healthy spaces for and by black people.

According to their GoFundMe page,
“Black Love Festival has made a commitment to sustainable community building and innovative organizing practices to preserve the diversity and cultural balance of the local environment. We aim to create a space for students and residents of the Bay Area and beyond to transform art into a discussion about leveraging social capital to affect positive change, peace and unity.

“Local #BlackLivesMatter organizers and community-based organizations will provide resources to attendees on ways to be involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement long term as well as an opportunity to learn more about the impact that environmental racism has had on the Southeast sector of San Francisco.”
The event is proud to be sponsored by the Port of San Francisco, SF Pacific Gas & Electric, SF Department of Public Health, Stanford University Cancer Institute and Nexgenegirls. With this support, the organizers are still raising funds to make sure the event is a success—consider contributing today. And if you’re in the bay, make your way there this weekend.

You can find more info about the event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Deonna Anderson is Junior Editor at For Harriet. Follow her on Twitter @iamDEONNA.