Ujamma Family Festival at Fair Park Dallas
On April 7, 2018 the Ujamaa Family Festival, hosted a free festival open to the public, in Fair Park Dallas. The festival included fun, culturally enriching activities for families to enjoy from Noon to 7 PM. The small business fair showcased over forty African American owned businesses.
“We are excited to bring a family friendly festival to the Dallas Fort Worth area that
exposes youth to positive African American artists, performers and business owners”,
said Alana Sutton Watkins, Vice President of Community Relations at Ujamaa Events
The Ujamaa Family Festival was sponsored by fifteen local businesses and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The festival featured entertaining and educational performances for the whole family including West African inspired fitness sponsored by afrikoPOP, a STEM workshop sponsored by HAK Electronics, line dancing demonstrations by Dancing Divas and Dudes Line Dancing, and interpretative dancing by Amberly Moore. Cultural artists for this event were sponsored by the Community Artists Program (CAP), a program of the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs. These artists included African storyteller Afiah Bey, jazz ensemble Candace Mahogany Miller, and percussionist & African drummer Len Barnett.
Guests received a glimpse of life-size characters from the movie including Black Panther, Shuri, Erik Killmonger and Nakia to a special appearance by a real life Black Panther character. Additionally, children enjoyed arts and crafts sponsored by Black-Tie Babysitting and over-sized games sponsored by Jumbo Wars. For the adults, there was informative speakers on the Imani Sponsor Speaker Stage. These premier sponsors spoke about home purchasing from Wanna Home Loans, transportation and technology job opportunities from Look Up Innovations LLC and estate planning and financial wealth with Earl Gordon from State Farm Insurance.
Sponsors Included: Mass Media Solutions, Pan African Connection, Curls, Camille Cannon Realty, Honey Be Natural Magazine, Obi Legal Group, Suddenly Forty, and Yara Imani LLC.
Ujamaa Events LLC is an event planning company focused on delivering high quality events for African Americans in the Dallas and Fort Worth region. They focus on providing events that help improve outcomes for the African American community through economic empowerment. Ujamaa is a Swahili word for extended family and is a Kwanzaa principle meaning cooperative economics. They create events such as festivals, youth camps and small business events.