The Harambee Festival

Harambee is an East African Swahili word meaning “Let’s Pull Together” or “Unity.” This year’s theme was “UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY,” encouraging everyone to embrace our differences.  

The Harambee Festival is a community-based educational and cultural event that was created in the early 1970’s, by the founding members of the Harambee Festival Steering Committee, a group of community-minded citizens who gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center to form an alternative to Halloween. Their objective was to organize a celebration that would provide a positive, cultural experience for children, youth, and adults. For the past forty-three years, that original objective has become quite a success with well over 5,000 people attending annually.

View Photos from the 44th Annual Harambee Festival (October 27, 2018)

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