Annual festival planned for Saturday, October 28
Dallas – The Harambee Festival Steering Committee, along with the City of Dallas, will be hosting the 43rd Annual Harambee Festival, an African American cultural event originally created to provide a safe alternative to Halloween for children. The Harambee festival will take place from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, October 28, p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2922 MLK Blvd., Dallas, Texas. This is a free family event, open to all churches, organizations, businesses, students, elected officials, and anyone ready for a non-stop day of fun and cultural education.
Harambee is an East African Swahili word meaning “Let’s Pull Together.” This year’s theme is “Remember the Past to Secure the Future.” The festival will include local vendors, live entertainment, storytelling, African drumming, and dance performances by local artists. The Arthello Beck, Jr. Watoto Village will provide entertainment, educational games, and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. In addition, children will receive free snacks and drinks as they “trick-or-treat” for candy at the vendor displays.
“The Harambee festival is the longest running festival of its kind,” said Willie Minor, Committee Chairman. “The founders that started it had tremendous insight into our community and its needs, therefore we are obligated to ensure that their dream and vision of the community coming together becomes reality.”
Event sponsors include the City of Dallas, DART, the African American Museum, Frost Bank, Citizens’ Committee to Save Our Children, K104 FM, Smooth R&B 105.7, and Heaven 97.