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EVENT: RAHK THE BLOCK commUNITY FESTIVAL & CONCERT
UMOJA IMPACT WEEK 2021
DATE: Saturday, September 4, 2021
TIME: 12PM - 7PM (see schedule)
PURPOSE: To Nourish the Season of “Growing Peace” during The House of Umoja’s 53rd Anniversary Community Gathering feat. Bury Your Beefs and Volunteerism Recognition
“The Family is the problem and the Family is the solution.” - Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
Saturday, September 4, 2021 the House of Umoja closes out its 53rd Anniversary and UMOJA IMPACT WEEK with a kinship community celebration featuring crafters, VR and drone demos, community concert, open mic, Bury Your Beefs Ceremony, and Recognition of Volunteerism at the House of Umoja. Everybody calls her, “Mom.” Queen Mother Falaka Fattah the matriarch of the Fattah clan and Carroll Park community welcomes extended family to celebrate unity in practice.
Craft, makers, and resource vendors such as AHARI - A Home Is A Right provide unique wares and giveaways. As always, there will be a ceremonious opening with the drums and acknowledgement of the ancestors in the Field of Dreams (Louise C. West Playground) followed by drone and VR play to the backdrop of conscious music mixes, and then featured artist HEZEKIAH performs live as he brings Family and Forgiveness to the forefront in his emcee pop-soul music set. After Hezekiah the family convenes in the Peace Garden for the Bury Your Beefs Ceremony where we record our beefs on biodegradable paper and bury them in flower beds. Then “Mom” feeds the family after acknowledging the great volunteer work of 20 souls.
The family returns to the Field of Dreams for open mic and spotlight live performances featuring Kali Rah, Rio, Hobbs, and more.
Artists performances funded by the Illuminate The Arts Grant. Live stream by Light-Thief Productions.
SCHEDULEFIELD OF DREAMS (1417-1431 N. Frazier Street - Host & DJ Anthony Bannister-Fattah)
2P OPENING CEREMONY drumming by Hakim Starkey
2P-4P Drone & VR Play • Vendor Visits • GiveAways
4P Live Performances by JAHKEYA and HEZEKIAH featuring hit single FORGIVENESS
PEACE GARDEN (5625 Master Street (Rear) - Queen Mother Falaka Fattah)
4:30P BURY YOUR BEEFS Ceremony in the Peace Garden
5P Recognition of Volunteers & Chow Time
FIELD OF DREAMS (1417-1431 N. Frazier Street)
5:30P-6:30P Rahk The Block Open Mic & Concert featuring Rios, Hobbs, Kali Rah, and more
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Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
Staff Photographer: Marckwell MC McClain - High resolution photos available upon request
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. With A Moment of Silence Recognizes the Late David Fattah as Fathers Passionately Commit to Be Active in Their Children’s Education
Philadelphia, PA - 7:30am Tuesday, August 31, 2021, amidst the twists, the turns, and time changes of the launch of a new Philadelphia school season within a pandemic environment, the 2021 Million Fathers March in determination heads to Overbrook High School at 59th Street & Lancaster Avenue. Anthony Bannister-Fattah, the grandson of Queen Mother Falaka and the late David Fattah, leads the charge. Hakim Starkey on drums brings wandering minds in focus to the task at hand. In cultural call and response, Anthony Bannister-Fattah sings, “Calling All Fathers” as fathers and surrogate fathers answer, “Get involved!”
Cars honk in agreement and support, school and Septa buses respectfully acknowledge and navigate around the march while school crossing guards jam with the flow. The march stopped in front of Overbrook High School as real messages of accountability, action, love, and hope were shared by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Curtis Williams of Revolutionary Vision Community Resource Center, Dante Leonard of We Embrace Fatherhood along with other men who gave moments of encouragement.
The march then moved across the street to Tustin Playground at 5901 Columbia Avenue. Anthony Bannister-Fattah then shared next steps while Councilman Jones declared the Million Father March is not just a yearly event, the march is an ongoing effort with continued collaboration of fatherhood and community organizations. Mr. Bannister-Fattah shared the Read2Lead Bonding Initiative where fathers read with their children -- an agreed upon book is chosen to read together and discuss. Non-custodial fathers are especially encouraged to adopt the Read2Lead Bonding exercise. Men may commit to the Million Father March pledge and register to participate with the ongoing activities of Philadelphia’s Million Fathers March at https://houseofumoja.net/mfm.
In front of the Tustin Playground banner, Mr. Bannister-Fattah closed out by announcing that Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Coby Bryant, is building two new basketball courts at Tustin Playground this fall in honor of Kobe and Gigi Bryant.
The 2021 Million Father March has kicked-off the 53rd Anniversary celebration of the House of Umoja. Umoja celebrates in commUNITY with UMOJA IMPACT WEEK which continues on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm with THE F.I.R.E.: A DAY OF INNOVATION for the entire family and ends on Saturday, September 4, 2021 with RAHK THE BLOCK commUNITY FESTIVAL & CONCERT from 12pm - 8pm. All events are at the House of Umoja on the 1400 Block of N. Frazier Street. For more information contact Queen Mother Falaka-Fattah or Anthony Bannister-Fattah at (215) 473-5893, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.houseofumoja.net.
The Million Fathers March and Umoja Impact Week is funded by the City of Philadelphia Activities Fund and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) and carried out in collaboration with with Revolutionary Vision Community Resource Center, AHARI - A Home Is A Right, Inc., Women of Free Radio and others.
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