Senator Cleare Pays Tribute To Abe Snyder, The Heart, And Soul Of The African American Day Parade

June 7, 2023

Senator Cordell Cleare brought forth a Senate Resolution to the floor, Wednesday, June 6th, to honor the late Abe Snyder, the visionary founder of the African American Day Parade.

Abe Snyder, along with other dedicated community members, established the African American Day Parade organization in 1968 during a challenging period for the African American community.

Their goal was to uplift and showcase the rich culture and heritage of the community. The first parade, held in Harlem the following year, marked the beginning of a long-standing tradition that has grown into an annual celebration attracting thousands of onlookers.

As a lifelong resident of her community, Senator Cleare has attended the African American Day Parade her entire life. “Abe Snyder, through his unwavering dedication and selfless service, has left a mark on the community in Harlem,” said Senator Cordell Cleare. “As we gather today to honor his memory, let us recognize his tireless efforts in uplifting our community and celebrating our rich heritage, which is May we carry forward his torch, ensuring that the African American Day Parade continues to serve as a platform for unity, empowerment, and the acknowledgment of outstanding achievements? Abe Snyder’s legacy will forever inspire us to strive for justice, equality, and empowerment.”


Related: Find out more about Senator Cordell Cleare.

This profound tribute to Abe Snyder’s enduring legacy highlights his instrumental role in establishing and nurturing the African American Day Parade into a highly anticipated event for the people of NYC.

It exudes all positive aspects of the Black community that are generally overcast by the disparities of racialized communities such as the village of Harlem, which is where the event is historically held. 


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