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Ava Jo's 18th Annual Neighborhood Festival & Backpack Giveaway

Contact Yusef Bunchy Shakur at 313.459.6008 for more information about the event and volunteering.


18th Annual Ava Jo’s Festival & Backpack Giveaway: Celebrating Life, Hope, and Love in Detroit's Heart


Detroit, August 1, 2023 – The 18th Annual Ava Jo’s Neighborhood Festival and Backpack Giveaway is much more than a neighborhood festival; it is a profound celebration of Life, Hope, and Love. With an unwavering commitment to bringing an extra kind of love, this year's event promises to be a beacon of light in one of Detroit's most oppressed neighborhoods, Zone 8.


Hosted at the Mama Akua Community House on Ferry Park Street and in partnership with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, the festival is a powerful initiative aimed at restoring humanity and stability to people who have felt buried alive in "Third-World Hoods,” says Yusef Shakur, Deputy Director of Strategy and Neighborhood Engagement at the Michigan Roundtable. While recognizing this is not a complete solution, this festival is a significant step in the process of healing and empowering the community.


"Our people deserve an extra kind of love!" said Shakur, the driving force behind the festival and backpack giveaway. "Today is about much more than just school supplies; it's about creating an atmosphere of peace, love, and hope in our community."


The festival showcases a diverse range of activities and performances, providing a platform for local talent to shine and uplift the spirits of all. In addition, the festival also offers access to healthy food and a complete meal, recognizing the importance of nourishing both the body and soul.


"We see this work as a 'first response' in helping to stabilize the neighborhood," Shakur continued, "by having boots on the ground committed to 'Restoring the Neighbor Back to The Hood!'" The 18th Annual Ava Jo’s Festival stands as a testament to the power of unity and self-determination. It is not just a one-day event but a representation of an ongoing effort to foster positive change. The organizers encourage everyone, near or far, to participate in this celebration of Life, Hope, and Love. Donations are welcome to ensure the success of the neighborhood festival.


Additional collaborators include: Detroit is Different, Fundamental Media Group, Pharaohs of Ascension, Ferry Park Kings and Queens, the 15th Street Block Club, and Ron’s Rentals.


WHEN:   Saturday, August 5, 2023

                 1pm – 6pm


WHERE: Mama Akua Community House

                 2431 Ferry Park St.

                 Detroit, MI 48208


MEDIA CONTACT: Yusef Bunchy Shakur (313) 459-6008


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