Cultural pride was the focal point of the 2017 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Harambee Festival on Feb. 25.
The festival, which took place at Tallahassee’s Cascades Park, attracted more than 5,000 visitors who trickled through the park to enjoy a full day of activities including vendors from across the region selling various keepsake items and international cuisine.
This year’s festival marks the second year of its resurgence in Tallahassee after starting more than 20 years ago in the local area by its founders.
Florida A&M University alumna and Grammy winner Kendra Foster headlined several performances that took place throughout the day. Also performing were Motown recording artist Royce Lovett, the African Caribbean Dance Theatre and the Voices Poetry Troop.
Among the many officials and dignitaries in attendance were Congressman Al Lawson, Jr., Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson and Willie Williams of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s Office.
Sponsors for the 2017 Harambee Festival included Visit Tallahassee, Regions Bank, Black Television News Channel, the Small Business Development Center, WTXL ABC 27, Cumulus Tallahassee, The Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, Tallahassee International Airport and the Tallahassee Greater Chamber of Commerce.