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Why the name Harambee?
Harambee is an East African Swahili word meaning “Let’s Pull Together” or Unity.
How does the Harambee Festival contribute to the diversity of Dallas/Ft. Worth?
Harambee is the oldest and largest African American cultural event in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, with over 15,000 in attendance.
How did the Halloween incidents of 1971 influence the community awareness for the need to keep our children safe?
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.
Who are the founding members of Harambee Festival?
Chief Ifayomi "Karioki" Arthur Riggins
These are the founding members of the Harambee Festival Steering Committee created in the early 1970's.
How does the Harambee Festival encourage collaboration between multiple areas of society from the youth participants to The City of Dallas?
The Harambee Festival will continue with the time-honored community announcements, senior care information and our always and most important free 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.
How can I participate?
Our Harambee Steering Committee encourages the community to log on from home and enjoy our Virtual Festival at www.harambeedallas.org.
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 during the last Saturday in October.
Come support the longest running festival in DFW
Last Saturday in October
10 am to 6 pm
The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
Seeing the Future in Our Children
“Help Keep Harambee Alive”