Umoja is the Swahilli word for unity, and at the Umoja festival that is what they strive for. A unity in interest, education, 08-18-10-umoja-unity.gifand just general acceptance. The history of African Americans is rife with hardship and trouble, but that’s what makes it such an interesting and rich culture. There is so much that can be learned from their stories and the hardships that they have overcome, and the Umoja festival is about presenting those points of view to every one open to learning.

On August 28 from noon-7 p.m. at Seabrook Park, the 19th Annual Umoja Festival is being held. The Umoja Festival is the annual African American family festival. This is a place where all people are welcome to come and celebrate and learn about African American history and culture.

At the festival there will be a variety of fun things like the Health Fair, Storytellers, FSU and E.E. Smith bands, and the FSU Retirees Fish Fry. There will also be assorted vendors and from 10-11:30 a.m. “Rescue Men” the story of an all-black life saving crew on Pea Island which will be presented inside the Smith Center. Also a special attraction is the appearance of Conversations with Treasures of Our Heritage: Charles and Gerdine Stevens, from noon until 1:30 p.m. Seabrook park is at 1520 Slater Avenue in Fayetteville.

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