In just over a week, the third annual Power Of One Unity Day Festival will kick off on Saturday, September 6, at 10 a.m. on Avon Avenue between Treacy Avenue and 14th Street.
The Unity Day festival was originally organized in 2012 by a group of ministers, including Minister Marvin Cratch, after a bullet pierced a window of the Good Samaritan Church. The festival was a plea to change the community and end the violence on Avon Avenue, even for just one day. The organizers say 4,000 people attended that first Unity Day festival.
Since then, the event has grown to feature numerous artists and performers. Liz Black, a popular radio personality at New York’s 107.5 WBLS, is now hosting the event. And the festival spurred the creation of the Power of One 3C Foundation, which aims to further enhance the relationship between the church, the community, and the city.
“The goal is to entertain, educate, and enhance,” said Minister Cratch. “We believe that when everyone works together within the community, we can address problems and deliver outcomes that are not easily or effectively achieved by working alone.”
The organizers say the objective of bringing the community together through the annual Unity Day Festival is made possible by the effort, donations, and support of individuals and the community. The event itself is comprised of live entertainment, music, comedy, vendors, food, dancing, prayer, and a scavenger hunt, all at no charge. Volunteer registration for the event is still open on its website.
And this year’s Unity Day could go down in the record books, literally. One of the events scheduled for Unity Day 2014 is an attempt to make the Guinness World Records by organizing the world’s largest praise dance. The praise dance being attempted is the "Christian Walk", a dance performed to gospel musician Darren “Deac” Edwards’ song by the same name. (If you’re not familiar with the dance and would like to “get walking”, check out the video below, or see it here.)