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Harambee is an East African Swahili word meaning “Let’s Pull Together” or Unity. Harambee is the oldest and largest African American cultural event in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, with over 15,000 in attendance.

The 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 celebration to Halloween. Their objective was to organize a celebration that would provide a positive, cultural experience for children, youth and adults.


The Harambee Festival will continue with the time-honored community announcements, senior care information and our always and most important Treat Bags for the kids.


A special thanks goes to The City of Dallas, The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District and all of our loyal sponsors. The festival gives an educational and cultural event that provides an atmosphere of celebration. With the support of KKDA, KGGR, KHVN, KRNB KNON and their affiliates, the festival provides a wonderful showcase of diverse musical entertainment. Supplying day long activities.


Including the Frances Burns Heritage March, art and craft exhibits, ethnic foods, a variety of vendors and social activities. In association with CCSOC ,(The Citizens’ Committee to Save Our Children) ,The Arthello Beck, Jr. Watoto Village provide each child with a free treat bag full of healthy snacks and goodies. The area offers fun and interactive games along with safety information for the children. The  medical facility will host a Health Fair servicing hundreds of members of the community free of charge. 

We are asking all organizations, to help support the movement. Any source of sponsorship is welcomed. Be it your time as a volunteer to actual financial donations. In addition to items for the treat bags for the Kids.


Come support the longest running festival in DFW. October 27, 2018 starting at 11am to 5pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD Dallas, TX 75215

“Help Keep Harambee Alive”

We are looking for volunteers as well as vendors, sponsors, and performers. 

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