We are inviting you to participate in the 5th Annual Uhuru Health Festival & Flea Market, held in West Philadelphia’s Clark Park, Saturday, April 23rrd from 9am-5pm, (rain date Sun 4/24).
Our theme this year is “Black Health Matters – Black Community Control of Our Health!”
The Uhuru Health Festival will be a FREE, all-day event featuring health and exercise workshops, live music, dance, food giveaways, 100 + flea market vendors and guest speakers including African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) President Ona Zene’ Yeshitela.
Each year, APEDF partners with local nonprofit organizations, health providers, businesses, entertainers, speakers, and vendors to provide a wide array of services to the community.
The Free Health Resource area will include screenings and information for critical health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV, and eye problems, as well as resources for prevention and natural healing, nutrition, stress, dental health, infant and women’s health, mental health, and more!
The African community in Philadelphia faces some of the greatest disparities in health and economic development in the U.S. Forty percent of the black community lives in poverty. Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty of any major U.S. city and the highest rate of child hunger in the U.S.
There are vast food desserts and extensive neighborhoods of lead paint-contaminated housing stock. Over 50% of black men and 75% of young people are unemployed, and deal with the stress of daily police containment and discriminatory court and prison policies. Twenty-four African community public schools have been closed since 2012.
The stress of these conditions, combined with insufficient access to quality, affordable healthcare reduces the quality of life and life expectancy of the African community. APEDF is committed to building collective, community-based solutions to these disparities through the Uhuru Health Festival & Flea Market. APEDF-led solutions will have a lasting, positive impact that will build self-reliance and self-determination by and for the African community.
How Will You Contribute?
- Join the Program – Give a presentation, do a cultural performance, or lead a hands-on workshop on your area of expertise in health or exercise.
- Endorse the Uhuru Health Festival – Spread the word by sending an email to your list, posting on your website, and sharing on your social media. We’ll feature you as an Endorser!
- Co-Sponsor the Uhuru Health Festival – Donate $100 or more to receive a full-page ad in the Souvenir Booklet, or a half-page ad and a space at the Uhuru Health Festival. You’ll be featured as a Co-Sponsor.
- Offer a Free Health Resource – As a UHFFM Health Partner we supply a space at the Uhuru Health Festival for you to offer free health testing, screenings or other health-related services!
- Take out an ad in the Souvenir booklet for $25, $50 or $100 (see ads packet)
Uhuru Health Festival & Flea Market