A weekend of Party on the Plaza events are being held to celebrate Black culture.

Friday people were welcome to enjoy two Reggae bands from Cleveland, celebrate, and learn about African American Culture for free in Youngstown.

"I just love music and we came down to just have some fun. We haven't been out since COVID days," said Edna Jackson from Campbell.

"I'm enjoying the culture they have. I'm enjoying everybody sitting around having a good time, they have food," said Deandre Williams.

As the party on the plaza continues over the weekend on East Federal Street you can learn about African American Culture and have fun.

Bryant Youngblood, Organizer of this Party on the Plaza event said, "The African American Male Wellness Walk is free tomorrow.
There is also a Luther Vandross Tribute Band for the R&B fans, they can come to that the charge is ten dollars. There will also be gospel bands on Sunday."

Reverend Lew Macklin tells there will also be a ten-dollar fee for Sunday's 7 PM Gospel Extravaganza.

However, there will be plenty of free services at the African American Male Wellness walk that begins at 7 am Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.

"Macklin emphasized, "WE actually target African American men, but it's also for those who love us, everybody is welcome to share with us and participate. Everyone is screened, and they get free services, free resources, and they can enjoy a 5-K walk through the community.

In addition, the Youngstown Health Department will be at the walk on Saturday morning, giving vaccines to kids and adults ages 12 and older who want them. There will be a gift card incentive.
 
Youngblood added, "We also intend to pay tribute to police officers for the job they do in Youngstown. We will have some line dancing and information about the history of dance in our culture."