Chair Franklin

Mel Franklin, Prince George’s County Council Chair (Photo Courtesy of Prince George’s County government)

In an attempt to spread awareness of the business and nonprofit services offered in Prince George’s County communities, Mel Franklin, county council chairman, hosted the 5th Annual Family and Friends Day. The event took place Aug. 30 at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

“We have businesses here today to show their products and services to the community,” Franklin told the AFRO.  “What our businesses in the county do well is that they create jobs and attract more business. We are trying to make Prince George’s County a destination for the world. This event is all about strengthening our business communities and strengthening our nonprofits.

Hundreds of county residents showed up to not only have fun with their families, but also receive information about businesses within the county. Ninety businesses participated in the event, including the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Xfinity, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Prince George’s County Chapter.

“We are all about advocacy,” Barbara Holder, chair of the Women in NAACP (WIN) told the AFRO. “We want the community to know that we are here for them and that the issues that impact them impact us. We are here to let people know that the NAACP is still a viable, agile and responsible organization.”

Cassandra Freeman, vice president of the county chapter for the NAACP, told the AFRO, “We are the oldest and the boldest organization within the history of justice.  We are here today to get more memberships and to make sure everybody is involved.”

While enjoying exhibits and food, the Founders for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME) provided live music entertainment featuring artists such as Renee Barnes, Richard Payne, Chelsey Green, Verny Varela, and Virtuoso Harris.

“This is a great event to attend with your entire family,” Upper Marlboro resident Tanya Johnson told the AFRO. “Not only do you get to spend time with people within in your neighborhood and community, but you also get to see about organizations that you may not have been aware about before.”

Franklin plans to hold the event every year to keep residents informed about businesses and nonprofits within the county.