Alton Black Expo to Showcase Alton’s Vibrant Black Community

Photo from facebook event page

Photo from facebook event page

An exciting event is making its way to Alton at the end of this month! The Alton YWCA is hosting an event called the Alton Black Expo.

This event hopes to showcase Alton’s bright and vibrant black community and bring attention to all of the talent and skill that may go unnoticed in our town. There will be vendors and sponsors there representing their businesses, exercise classes, a baby race, a bodybuilding contest, guest speakers, artists, photographers and beauticians on site.

The event itself is organized by a wonderful person named Adrienne Reed-Oliver, author of “Shut up, God is Talkin” and a coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Lewis and Clark Community College.

After speaking with her briefly, her love and respect, and most importantly, her hopes for Alton, are quite evident. As a town, we must do what we can to stay as connected as possible and rear a better future for our home.

Through this event, she hopes to help connect the community of Alton by not only celebrating its black people, but also opening up, by choice, an aspect of our culture, providing an opportunity for that to be shared with fellow Altonians and creating a network among disconnected people.

The Alton Black Expo will be held on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 304 E 3rd St., in Alton, IL.

Feel free to check Facebook for more information about the festivities, and mark your calendars! You’d be doing yourself a disservice to miss this event!

For more information, contact Adrienne Reed-Oliver at (618)-468-6030 or