Program

Kunde Mwamvita APEDF



Kunde Mwamvita is a representative of the African People's Education and Defense Fund and the mother of Dominique Battle. On March 31, 2016 16-year-old Dominique Battle, along with her 2 15-year-old friends were murdered by the Pinellas County Sherriff's Department. The Deputy Sherriff chased the 3 young girls at speeds of over 90 miles per hour on a dark winding road, then pushed the car the girls were driving into a pond. 17 Deputies stood there and watched the girls drown, and made no attempt to rescue them. The Uhuru Movement is leading an international campaign for Justice for the 3 Drowned Black Girls. For more info, go to JUSTICE For 3 Drowned Black Girls


Diakiesse Lungisani - Gettin' Bodied, Cardio Dance Fitness


Specializing in cardio exercise, African & Hip Hop dance styles, Gettin' Bodied is a premier exercise class ready to DANCE you into the healthiest version of yourself! Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure are health problems that disproportionately affect the African community and “Gettin’ Body” presents a unique way to combat these issues. A DANCE FITNESS REVOLUTION FOR YOUR BODY! 
Mission statement:
The mission of “Gettin’ Bodied” will be to address the grave health disparities in the African community and to build self-esteem and confidence in the lives of its participants as they learn various dance routines that will help them lose weight. “Gettin’ Bodied” will also promote the self-confidence of its participants as they learn to accept themselves as they naturally are, and embrace our African beauty instead of the standards set by our oppressors


Rahnda Rize - Live Music


Ranhnda Rize is a work in progress. An eternal optimist. A Lover. A Fighter. A Believer. An Achiever. A Dreamer. A Visionary. An Artist. Passionate. Compassionate. A Friend. A Sister. A Daughter. A Supporter. A Survivor. Determined. Unstoppable. Unfaltering. Fierce. Fly. Ambitious. Audacious. Sacred. Read more...




Karen Smith & Friends - Live Music


Musician, Playwright, Director, Event Coordinator, was born in Brooklyn and based in Philadelphia.
Karen made the decision to become a full-time independent artist at the start of 2012. Utilizing her theater management experience and musicianship skills, Karen operates as sole proprietor of a full-service production company, responsible for overseeing budgets, managing contracts, connecting with sponsors, interviewing and hiring performers for workshops, and facilitating a wide range of client-requested and self-directed projects. Read more...


CocoSol & the Chillettes - Live Music


CocoSol “Chocolate Sun” Bastien from Montreal is an international songstress, multi-instrumentalist now living in Philadelphia. Since her arrival 10 years ago, she has collaborated on vocal, guitar and congas with multiple artists and genres on Main Stages and in studios all over including, Philadelphia Classical Symphony Family Program, Read more...


Michele Mercer – Zumba


FIT is unlike than the average fitness club. FIT gym is equipped for strength, weight, and cardiovascular training and conditioning. Thier mission is to inspire and motivate each person that enters our facilities to exceed their limitations and transform the mind, body, and lifestyle. Train with the best to be the best. FIT Gym is located near the heart of University City. Read more...


Gloria Kingcade - Soul Line Dance


Gloria Kingcade started instructing line dancing in October, 1998. Ms. Kingcade is a Certified Primary Aerobic Instructor, from the American Aerobic Association International (AAAI) & the International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA). She is also First Aid & CPR Certified. Read more...


Mr. Diamond Burwell


"I'm performing at the Uhuru Health Festival because it's all about support - you may not always get paid for what you do in dollars, but the reward of giving comes back double. We should always give when we can. You can see the hard work, dedication and loyalty at Uhuru, and that's why I wanted to work with them." 







Marina Olokuni - Kemetic Yoga



Marina Olokuni, Midwife in training, Medical Qi Gong Teacher, Certified Natural Health Consultant, Certified Pangu Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Energy & Bodywork specialist graduated from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2002 with a bachelors degree in Urban/Regional Development and Sociology. She's currently under the tutelage of Dr. Llaila Afrika to obtain her Doctor of Naturopathy (ND Designation). Marina has studied natural healing, various forms of sound healing, mediation, pain medicine and food science with the likes of Dr. Aris Latham, Dr. Karn Sehgal, HH Rinpoche Kenpho Ratsa, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Dr. Sebi and Master Ou Wenwei to name a few. Read more...


Darren Robinson & the Push-up Gang



Black Men Run - Plank Challenge
















DJ Sean Smoove

DJ Sean Smoove started DJing at age 13, in West Philadelphia where he was born and raised. Smoove began DJing under DJ Jazzy Jeff, who mentored him at His Early age. Smoove was the opening DJ at local nightclubs and opened for Healine acts such as Big Daddy Kane and Schooly D. When he wasn’t DJing, Smoove was a dancer on Dancin On Air & Dance Party USA. After gaining success at house parties and night clubs, Smoove became one of the founding members of an internationally known hip-hop band, The Goats. The Goats recorded two albums with Columbia records in the early 1990s. Read more...



Rasheed Bey - Spoken Word Poetry


Powerful Revolutionary poet and artist Rasheed Bey is a long time activist and friend of the Uhuru Movement. Rasheed Bey is blind and deaf because he was brutally beaten by the Philadelphia police, when he was a young man in the 1970s.







Dr. Michelle Strongfields



Longtime member of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPEDP), Dr. Michelle Strongfields is a Cuban-trained medical doctor and founder of the IAMM Science Education Group. She was the leader of one of AAPDEP's first projects in Sierra Leone, where they trained community health workers on the identification, prevention and treatment of waterborne diseases. Dr. Strongfields is also one of the lead organizers of AAPDEP's new community garden collective in Philadelphia, PA.






Malik Wilson - Yoga for Everyone



Malik Wilson, long time yoga practitioner and health advocate, has always found ways to make the health practices he uses himself, accessible to the black community. Malik is the founder and leader of Yoga on the Pier.






Saeed Abdul-Samad


Saeed Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Africa Rocks Produtions. Saeed is a Ethnomusicologist, musician and lecturer, who has studied West African drumming and rhythms as a private student of Master drummer, Yacub Addy from Ghana West Africa from 1978 -1993. Mr. Addy is the 2010 winner of the National Endowment, American Heritage Award. Saeed has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Smithsonian Institute as well as recommendations from the Museum of African Art and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. 




"The Uhuru Health Festival is all about empowering the people with practices that increase healthy lifestyles. Uhuru supports the people to be health advocates. I  am leading a Tai Chi/Qi-Gong workshop because it is an empowering method to stay healthy and maintain yourself as you age."
- Gabrielle de Burke Dragon Spirit Arts Studio








"At Bodyrock Bootcamp and Executive Training, we take the traditional boot camp and remix it like a dj, for a workout experience you'll never forget. Here, we practice "Old school," back-to-basics, time tested, core and functional training. We take classic calisthenic exercises, and seamlessly blend them with elements of yoga, strength training, martial arts, gymnastics and yes... even breakdance. 
Let us Rock your Body!






Shifu Billel Jafari El


Shifu Billel Jafari El, a polymaster maven of many hats to contribute to this life. You will always find him being an example of selflessness in his giving of himself to family, friends, students, and clients, and to anyone that will embrace the mathematical truths that he carries.

Shifu Billel the founder of Mantis school of boxing, where he taught Long Fist Praying Mantis, traditional Northern Shandon and Masshunit in which he added many standards of self-well-being, for all walks of life.

Children's Circle



The Children's Circle will feature age-appropriate educational activities, arts & crafts, & more! Children can visit this area, accompanied by an adult, to participate in activities for physical fitness and emotional well-being. There will also be face painting, coloring, and a balloon artist. Please join us at the Children's Circle, right across from the main stage at the Health Festival. Kids are a part of the movement too!" 

● Children's Yoga
● Face Painting
● Coloring
● Magic Show
● Planting Seeds
● Kingsessing Boxing Gym
Kristopher Casey, coach and manager Kingessing Youth Boxing







Health Partners


"We are partnering with Uhuru Health Festival to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and to help make sure everyone has access to the resources necessary to be able to do that."

Philly Moms Do Breast Feed

"We decided to partner with the Uhuru Health Festival because they support the community, and provide us with healthcare needs." - Cheresa Ralls 




Philadelphia Fight & Prevention Point
Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers provide culturally competent
comprehensive primary care, and state of the art HIV primary care to low income members of the community, along with research, consumer education, advocacy, social services and outreach to people living with HIV and those who are at high risk, including family members, communities with high rates of HIV, formerly incarcerated persons, and young people at risk; and access to the most advanced clinical research in HIV treatment and prevention.


The goal of Refugee Health Partners at Thomas Jefferson University is to improve and advocate for the health and well-being of refugees and the underserved living in Philadelphia. We provide free health services such as blood pressure measurement, blood glucose tests, vision screenings, and nutrition education. We are excited to be participating in the Uhuru Health Festival, as we have collaborated with them for the past five years. It's awesome to see so many groups come together to support this community, and we're honored to be a part of this effort!


Home Black Men Run is a national organization whose mission is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit. Read more...


Moravia Health
Home Healthcare and other special services all under one roof-yours.


Why We Exist: Bebashi – Transition to Hope was founded in 1985 as a full-service HIV/AIDS organization with special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV disease. As the second-oldest AIDS service organization in the Philadelphia region, Bebashi – Transition to Hope was the first African-American organization in the United States to address the AIDS crisis. Read more...


Sayre is a non-profit health center that provides clinical health services to the community and educational opportunities for students. Sayre has a group of dedicated physicians, staff and students whose primary goal is to meet your needs and keep you healthy.


Greater Philadelphia Health Action (GPHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering you and your family the best in primary, dental and behavioral healthcare. First and foremost, our goal is to keep you and your family healthy by encouraging preventive health practices. When you do get sick, our providers offer expert diagnosis and treatment of your ailments.


The Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) is a low-cost, non-credit continuing education service of the Office of Community Relations.