PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
The weekend festival will focus on the need to stimulate the local economy of DC and encouraging leadership to empower our communities as the nation lives through and recovers from the effects of COVID-19. Our weekend festival included virtual panel discussions, our Black Greek Fest Festival (socially distanced), opportunities to support local Black-owned businesses, community service tackling homelessness, and more. Black Greek Fest will serve as the premier summer event to strengthen and support the city of DC's culture, Black-owned businesses, and professional growth.
In tandem with fellow Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO) members in the D.C. area and the Black Greek Festival Foundation, Black Greek Festival has curated lead-up events as a way to align ourselves with national and local initiatives affecting our community.
BLACK GREEK FESTIVAL WEEKEND.
"The New Normal" Panel
Open to the general public, this panel discussion will include experts to discuss how Black millennials and businesses can move forward from the COVID-19 setbacks in job searches, career development, and business growth.
Kickoff Happy Hour
Our socially distanced happy hour, hosted by a Black-owned D.C. bar & restaurant, will serve as an opportunity to kick off the weekend.
As of January 2019, the District of Columbia had an estimated 6,521 experiencing homelessness on any given day. Through the creation of the Black Greek Fest Day of Service, we will empower individuals, strengthen the D.C. community, bridge barriers, and address the social problem of DC’s homelessness
Virtual Step Show
Stepping is a form of percussive dance where performers use their feet, hands, and bodies to create rhythms, and partner it with singing, chanting, and calls. Black fraternal organizations step as a demonstrative way to represent their fraternities and sororities, and to share a modern derivative of African culture.
Black Greek Festival
Local and national small and black-owned businesses will serve as retail and food vendors to market to thousands of mission-driven individuals. The festival will feature live DJ’s, music, interactive games, entertainment, sponsored branding, and art installations
As the final culminating event, the Brunch Olympics embodies DC’s brunch culture and strengthens local businesses. Attendees will be able to support various Black-owned restaurants and experience the unique culture of an authentic DC brunch.
Celebration of Our Culture
Working with organizations such as the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, Howard University Medical School, Howard University School of Law, Howard University Graduate Student Union, and One Route Catering, we organized a protest in June 2020 against police brutality in the African-American community for more than 2,000 Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO) members.
Black Greek Festival's lead-up events include local community events designed to celebrate Black and Black Greek culture. Black Greek Festival's "poster making" event to supply poster supplies for protestors and activists in the Million Man March, while supporting local Black-owned restaurant, Po Boy Jim's.