Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2004, the National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (AAWALK)  works to combat the alarming numbers of African American men dying from preventable diseases. To date, the AAWALK averages upwards of 50,000 annual participants and has expanded to several cities outside of Ohio, including Washington, D.C.  On Saturday, September 21st 2019 at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC, men, women, and children will come together for the 2019 Washington D.C. AAWalk to raise awareness and take action to combat the health crisis facing African American men.

This year’s walk will mark the 16th year of the initiative as a whole, and the 5th Annual walk in Washington, D.C.  The event begins with participants receiving up to 20 various types of free health screenings, access to various local healthcare providers, and life services information from various vendors across DC and the greater Metropolitan area.  Following the screenings, thousands of participants will take to the streets to embark on the 5k walk/run where they will be greeted at the finish by a celebratory festival encompassing healthy food, various fitness activations, a children’s pavilion, and live entertainment featuring the legendary Backyard Band.

Please visit for more information and to register to volunteer, walk/run, or form a passion team.  Thank you!