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 1970s, 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.
Photos from the 44th Annual Harambee Festival (October 27, 2018)
44th Annual Harambee Appreciation Reception (February 27, 2019)
The Harambee Steering Committee hosted a reception for the volunteers, vendors, entertainers, staff and all other participants from the 44th Annual Harambee Festival to thank them for their continued support and commitment.