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Abraham L. Snyder, who founded New York City’s African American Day Parade, has died. Officials of the annual parade announced Snyder died Friday, Feb. 3. He was 87.

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Synder founded the African American Day Parade in 1968 with the Afro-American Day and United Federation of Black Community Organizations. Organizers of the parade released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mr. Abraham Snyder, Chairman Emeritus and founding member of the African American Day Parade (AADP). For over half a century, Mr. Abe dedicated his life’s work to uplifting the African American community and organizing AADP. He was a pillar in the community and embraced AADP with integrity and pride. His memory will live on as we recognize this year’s parade and Black History Month.

We are grateful for all that Mr. Snyder has done for AADP and for this community, and we are honored to continue carrying on his legacy. We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Snyder’s family, loved ones, and friends at this time.

Snyder’s funeral service will be held Friday Feb.17 at Mount Olivet Baptist Church (201 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem) where the Rev. Charles Curtis will officiate. There will be a viewing from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The funeral service will follow.

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  1. My condolences to the Synder Family. ..Mr. Synder leaves an amazing legacy that his family is and should be extremely proud of.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  2. Blessings – Rest in Peace and Power – thank you for making a difference and standing for our community. The African American Day Parade is the greatest parade on earth – standing for our pride, our culture and our consciousness. We will continue to honor the tradition in your name. Sister Terri Wisdom – Harlem Network News @harlemnetworknews

  3. Abe Snyder was a great Black man who took pride in Black cultural expression and in Black history as a Whole and in bringing the African American Day Parade to Harlem every year. He will be truly missed. Rest well in Peace and Paradise Abe.

    with Love and Respect,
    Daleel Jabir Muhammad

  4. The first time I met Abe Snyder was 1988 when I started working as an account executive for The Black United Fund of New York. He was introduced to me by Kermit Eady – founder of BUFNY – while they were collaborating on the upcoming Parade. Abe was totally devoted to excellence, reflecting the accomplishments of Black people in general, and Black New Yorkers in particular. He was quiet energy. Always a gentleman, but always focused on making each parade more successful than the other. I remember the countless conversations with Abe about the importance of community, and the evolution of Harlem into a world class community. I treasure those memories – and the fact that this brother made a difference, and will continue to do so as his spirit continues to watch over us all from the realm of the Ancestor Angels. My condolences to his family, brothers and sisters in Harlem, and Black people everywhere. It’s important that we don’t allow his example to dissipate – and build on all that he has done into the future. Stay Blessed & ECLECTICALLY BLACK – Gloria DULAN-Wilson

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