FORT WAYNE—The 2014 Harambee Fest is scheduled to take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 2 in Weisser Park.
Founded nearly two decades ago by the late Chief Elder Johanna Ice-Gold, the Harambee Festival is designed to bring African and African Americans together to share culture and history. The annual festival takes it’s name from the Kiswahili word meaning “let us pull together.” Elder Ice-Gold, who whose Yoruba chieftain title was bestowed upon her by Oba [King] Adetunji Ayodele David Ajayi Aweloye of the Ise-Ekiti State of Nigeria in 2008, devoted much of her life to encouraging African Americans to search out their African roots and to reestablish links with their brothers and sister in the Motherland. The Harambee Fest represents the culmination of a lot of her work in that field.
Since her transition in 2010, family—particularly her grandson Damion Chapman—and members of others have worked to ensure her the legacy of her work on behalf of the community remains alive through the Harambee festival.
In addition to a variety of vendors, this year’s festival includes a full slate of entertainment including:
• Brian Jerail Billingsley;
• Chrome Cats;
• Allegro Nevella;
• Wisdom Over Book Smarts;
• Iam Yadada Bang, and
• headliners Final Call.
The concert is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Damion Chapman at (260) 580-8367 or Lawrence Anderson at (260) 435-6563. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/harambee.fest.