"All Pull Together"
The Location...Evans Avenue Plaza and immediate vacinity
Located at 1050 Evans Avenue in the Historic Terrell Heights Community, the Evans Avenue Plaza pays homage to Fort Worth's African American leaders. The contributions of over 35 community leaders are retold in limestone, granite, and bronze plaques located on the sidewalks and in the plaza.
The tributes to individuals and families represents a range of fields including medical, religion, education, business, communication, civic, military, sports, and music. These individuals and families contributed greatly to the development of the Southside neighborhood and Fort Worth as a whole.
The historical element also includes a timeline of significant events relevant to the African-American community and quotes from local and national African-Americans.Today the beautiful and inspirational plaza stands as a representation of both the accomplishments of the past and the promise of the future.
Harambee literally means "all pull together" in Swahili, thus the festival pulls the citizens of North Texas together for a fun filled day of food, fun, music, and health and cultural awareness in celebration of our shared history. It is held every 1st Saturday in October on the Evans Avenue Plaza in the Historic Terrell Heights Community, it's "free to the public," and it offers a variety of activities designed to promote love and harmony. The festival is preluded by it's Annual Seafood, Chicken and Blues Festival on the preceeding Friday night.
The Annual Tarrant County Harambee Festival is presented by Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society (TCBH&GS). TCBH&GS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to locate, collect, analyze, organize and preserve African-American historical contributions that's used to educate, empower and interpret, the African-American experience through art, history and culture in the areas of education, science, business, politics, sports, art, music, and performing arts in Tarrant County. TCBH&GS is headquared in the Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum located at 1020 East Humbolt Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76104.
Tuesday & Thursday
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Annual Tarrant County Harambee Festival is the brain-child of Deborah Tate-Lewis, conceived in 2008 and brought into fruition in 2010. The festival was conceived as a means to bring awareness to the Evans Avenue Plaza and the Terrell Heights Community, and to offer the community a free event that promotes love and harmony to bridge the gap between people of all colors. With the help of then Council Lady Kathleen Hicks and charter committee members, Ms. Sarah Walker, Ms. Jayn Higgins, Ms. Kenya Sturns, Ms. Marva Easter, Ms. Cheryl Thomas, Ms. Kate Lattimore, Ms. Beverly Oakes, Mrs. Brenda Sanders-Wise, and Mr. Vincent Battles, the inaugural festival was a huge success. It is now a major fundraiser for TCBH&GS.
The festival began as a one-day event that included local professional entertainment, community talent showcase, the Kidz Zone and cultural awareness activities. Over the past decade, the festival has been nurtured by the TCBH&GS Board of Directors, the Tarrant County Harambee Festival Steering Committee, and many community volunteers; and with the support of sponsors, partners, and vendors, the festival has expanded into a two-day event that's evolved as follows:
A warm-hearted thanks to all of our stakeholders