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Harambee Festival Celebrates Capital City's Cultural Diversity

Tom Flanigan

As part of the local observance of Black History Month, Tallahassee's Cascades Park welcomed the yearly Harambee Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The cultural celebration is co-hosted by the City of Tallahassee and Florida A&M University. Among the many attractions, vendors of traditional African arts, crafts and clothing, along with non-stop musical entertainment from the park's big stage. Meanwhile, FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson himself was working the school's booth and greeting festival visitors.

"It's a fun day for us, but there's a seriousness in it in that we want to show the community that our minds and hearts are open and we want to be a complete player in this community," he remarked.

The number of festival participants typically exceeds 10,000.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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