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The Harambee Festival celebrates 25th year

The Harambee Festival is celebrating Its 25th year in Fort Wayne. Harambee in Swahili means "Let's Pull Together." It's a legacy being carried on by a local pastor that gives exposure to black owned businesses and African culture.

Posted: Aug 4, 2018 8:11 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2018 1:57 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- When other festivals stopped happening due to violence and drugs, the Harambee festival stuck around to give the community something to look forward to.

"When my mother conceived the idea and envisioned this festival, she wanted to bring business back to the community. This street was full of business owners and they got together and started Harambee Festival," Denise Trimble said.

The last few years it's been at Weisser Park, but it's returned to its original place Pontiac Street, which they call a historic hub for businesses.
Chief Condra Ridley has been attending since the festival's start 25 years ago saying it's a great opportunity for the community to support one another.

"Here we are spreading the message loud and clear to the community that we must pull together," she said.

"This being our 25th year, we just really want to sit down and strategize on ways we can begin to spark again black business and try to have a thriving black economy," festival president Damion Chapman said.

Chapman said most times people of color are the consumers and this gives exposure to those who may be interested in entrepreneurship, and lets the community know of the black owned businesses that do exist.

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