"Black Family Day" event causes controversy

Willingboro, NJ (WTXF) An event aimed at bringing families together is causing some controversy. The issue is not the event itself  but the name, "Black Family Day."
     
Some say the name segregates one particular group of people and if there were a "white" family day that would be considered "racist." 

Ashley Cawley was driving near Willingboro when she saw a sign for the Black Family Day in Mill Creek Park.  She said she was immediately struck by how the name and event would impact her son.

Ashley posted a picture to Facebook to see how others felt. She said the picture struck a nerve with many of her friends who think the event sets a bad precedent.

The Black Family Day was created nearly 30 years ago by Jack & Jill, which is an organization dedicated to developing African American leaders. One of this year's cosponsors told FOX 29's Bill Anderson the event doesn't exclude anyone and black family doesn't speak to the audience. Instead, it speaks to the mission.

Ashley said that she understands the message but still believes that if the goal is unity and education then the name is a good place to start.
 

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