The Umoja/Unity Day Festival will be held on September 7th and 8th in downtown Johnson City, and the parade will be held on the 8th at 10am. The Festival originally began in 1978 as an annual picnic and in 1977 the original founders decided to switch things up and revive the event in a whole new format all the while maintaining their original purpose which was to bridge and unify diverse cultures through education and artistic presentations of art, culture and heritage to improve and promote the region.
Umoja (U-moja) (Oomoja), is Swahili for “Unity” which is to be in harmony and on one accord, to combine and include all. The festival attracts over 30,000 people and showcases great food, merchandise vendors, information booths, wonderful music, medical screening, and fun games for people of all ages. There is also a children’s area and entertainment
provided for the younger crowd.
No entry fee is required, but donations are always welcomed.
For more information please visit their website http://umojajc.org/
or call 423-426-2851.
By Katlin Buchanan