Harambee Festival will celebrate African culture and community Oct. 31
The Harambee Festival Steering Committee and the City of Dallas will host the 41st Annual Harambee Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The free, family friendly event was created to give children a safe alternative to Halloween, while also connecting young people to their African culture and community. This year’s theme is “Harambee: Celebrating 41 Great Sankofa Years.”
The festival will feature positive hip-hop, gospel, jazz, spoken word, storytelling, African drumming, and dance performances from local and national artists, plus a quilt exhibit, an African mask display, and a variety of foods in the Harambee African Marketplace. The Arthello Beck, Jr. Watoto Children’s Village will provide youth entertainment, educational games, painting and safety and health information.
“The Harambee Festival is a time to reaffirm African American history and culture while celebrating our rich contribution to the city of Dallas,” said Harambee Festival Steering Committee Chairman Clarence Glover. “Harambee is one of Dallas’ great cultural legacies and my hope is that the city will embrace it to ensure its success for future generations to come.”
Harambee is an East African Swahili word meaning “Let’s Pull Together.”