“Using love as a form of liberation” is the tagline of blacklovefestival and, if photos from the event held in San Francisco on July 18 are any indication, it is living up to the mission. Black people of all hues joined forces to celebrate the love they have for each other and their shared culture.
The deeper goal of the movement, is “calling for international recognition of the importance of self-care, self-healing, respect for one another and collective efficacy in the black community.” Especially in light of the challenging times blacks are currently going through, with the #blacklivesmatter movement pushing for justice and a new order in the face of police brutality.
On the event’s GoFundMe page, the organization explains its long-term goals;
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
Pictures from the event are absolutely beautiful. Check it out;
We are familiar with all the challenges black men and women have in embracing each other and, at times, embracing their culture, so a festival dedicated to the unapologetic embrace of all things black is deeply wonderful.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on this festival?