‘Seeds of Sovereignty’ Festival to celebrate 52nd Street Corridor, Black-owned and operated businesses (updated)

June 23, 2017

Community members are invited to celebrate the 52nd Street corridor’s historic legacy and to support Black owned and operated businesses at the Marketplace “Seeds of Sovereignty” Festival. The festival will be held on Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (the event has been rescheduled due to rain in the forecast for Saturday), between Walnut and Spruce Streets and will feature vendors, a children’s village, performances, food, fashion shows, and workshops.

One of the goals of the festival, organized in collaboration with the African Cultural Art Forum (ACAF), Philadelphia Assembled Collaborative, Philadelphia Association of CDC’s and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is to set the stage for collaborations that will promote a sovereign society and to engage sustainable economic development opportunities in West Philadelphia and around the world. 

The program will open with a drumming ceremony, and honorees include ACAF and Louis Massiah, a filmmaker and Scribe Video Center’s Executive Director, special presentations from local community leaders and other notables. Exhibitions and guided tours of local art and cultural institutions will take place throughout the day. This is a family-friendly event, free and open to the public.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Joe Says:

    Our church wanted to show support for this event and the local community by purchasing a table and handing out free Bible study literature. However, when we showed up this morning to setup our table, we were told that we were not welcome at the event. Just thought other Christians should know before supporting this event.

  2. Strongforu Says:

    This event was clearly marketed as a cultural, and NOT, a religious event. Why would you think it’s ok to try and appropriate their event, then come online and whine about it?

  3. Joe Hamm Says:

    I saw at least one table with Islamic material at the event and a life-size statue of Elijah Muhammad. Religious vendors were welcomed as long as they were Muslim. African Christians need not apply.

    Religion is an important part of any culture, and especially African culture. In fact, religion is the basis of many cultures. Christianity was in Africa long before Muhammad was even born.

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