Festival to honor special young man cut down in prime
The African American heritage Parade and Festival will be held this year in honor of Khary Orr — a young man who contributed so much to the city, and was killed last December.
Local R&B artists will kick off tonight with performances at Weequahic Park. The festival will continue through the weekend, with ceremonies at City Hall on Sunday at 11:30 AM and continuing with the parade at Broad Street and Lincoln Park later that day.
Khary Orr was born and raised in Newark and he wanted to leave his hometown better than he found it. While attending Science High School, he worked as an intern at City Hall. After graduating from Lincoln University with a physics degree, he returned home to finish what he started.
The man affectionately known as K.O. also spent 10 years as a member of the African American Heritage Parade Committee, the organizers and hosts of the annual African American Heritage Parade and Festival. Last year, he served as a trustee and was being groomed to replace Donald Bernard as committee chairman.