In honor of the late Barbara Daniel-Cox, Kenny Gamble, Rahim Islam and the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL) Cultural Committee are bringing back the Black Family Reunion as part of its 2017 Cultural Calendar.
Before her death in April, Daniel-Cox was an in-demand management and communications consultant and events planner for more than 25 years. In a consultant capacity, she served as director of community relations for Philadelphia International Records and national director of the Black Family Reunion Celebration for the National Council of Negro Women under the leadership of the late Dr. Dorothy Height. In the 1980s, Daniel-Cox organized and staged large-scale Black Family Reunions in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Memphis and other cities. “She was a thread; she kept people together,” said Gamble, a former West Philadelphia High School classmate, at the time of Daniel-Cox’s death. “She was no-nonsense and she was a dedicated community servant.”
Ultimately, the Black Family Reunion was the inspiration to The O’Jays 1975 platinum album, “Family Reunion,” produced for Philadelphia International Records by Gamble and Leon Huff.
“I am so proud the Philadelphia Community of Leaders overwhelmingly decided to honor my dear friend and classmate, Barbara Daniel-Cox, with the return of the Black Family Reunion in 2017, particularly in her honor,” said Gamble in a recent statement. “Barbara is smiling right now and I can hear her say, ‘Gamble, you have to do it right, if it’s going to be in my honor’ — and for Barbara it will be done right. Barbara was the consummate organizer and when Dr. Dorothy Height chose her to organize the Black Family Reunion, you knew it was going to be superb, and it was. The Black Family Reunion was the inspiration for our hit, ‘Family Reunion.’”
On Friday, Sept. 16, the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL) Cultural Committee will host a reception at 6 p.m. at the African American History Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP), 701 Arch St., for all of those interested in working on this event as well as the other productions on their calendar. For more information, call (215) 247-1545.