Our Mission

Our mission is to aggressively promote and encourage self-sufficiency and self-esteem in the African American community; to improve the physical, economic, and education conditions that affect the quality of life for all citizens; to encourage dialogue to strengthen race relations and to support social, health, educational, and art growth in the community by financially assisting and encouraging the development of activities that will strengthen the total community. We aim to create opportunities that educate, inspire, improve and celebrate the experiences of the African American journey.

Our history

For years we have had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with many valued partners and sponsors. The generosity of our many corporate sponsors, the City of Lancaster, Cam Auto & Fulton Bank, has enabled the Annual Day Committee to produce a high caliber Parade, and Cultural Heritage Festival, In addition to our stewardship of the Parade and Cultural Festival, we have hosted numerous of cultural events that educate, and celebrate, our heritage.

During the past 6 years, we have grown to represent more than just a Parade. The activities and events sponsored by this leadership organization are commendable. Our volunteers work very hard and many long hours without pay and nary a word of thanks. It is the sacrifices, and commitment of the individuals associated with our programs to serve our community that have sustained the parade and festival. Thanks to the grace of God, the dedication, enthusiasm, hard work and indomitable spirit of our members and many volunteers, that the Annual Day Parade will grow, and become successful in helping to demonstrate and foster a sense of pride, unity and cooperation in our community.

The Annual Day Parade Committee will continue on “Building a Tradition” which is rooted in the ancestry of our forefathers. Our goal is to bring culturally enriched events & funds to our community that will benefit, educate, as well as entertain, everyone. The Parade & Festival give people everywhere the opportunity to enjoy festive events that will delight the entire family.

 

In 2020 the Annual Day Executive Committee transition to the African American Cultural Alliance of Lancaster to help grow the impact that we can have on celebrating, supporting and preserving the African American culture in Lancaster City and beyond.

Our board

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AACA President

VINCENT SMITH

Assistant Director,

Crispus Attucks Center

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AACA Secretary

DIANA BIRCH

Administration, Donnelly Financial 

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AACA, Board Member

ANDRE GILBERT

Owner, Gilbert Cleaning Services

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AACA Vice President

JAMAR JOHNSON

President, AFSCME 1224 

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AACA Treasurer

BETTY JONES

SACN Board Member 

Lancaster

AACA HONORARY MEMBER

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INFORMATION UPDATED SOON.