Twenty-nine years ago, in the historic port city of Portsmouth, an idea was born – a concept was discussed and visualized, and after months of planning, a very special event was born – the Umoja African-American Heritage Festival.
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Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning unity – unity in the family, community and nation. In Portsmouth, Umoja is an annual festival and celebration of family and African-American heritage, culture, and customs. Join us May 24-26, in Festival Park downtown.
It could have been Portsmouth. Last year’s hurricane season was one for the records, producing 15 named storms, eight of which were hurricanes. Hurricane Florence devastated Eastern North Carolina with catastrophic flooding that took weeks to subside.
Spring has finally arrived and that means the beginning of festival season. Residents and visitors in Portsmouth have a variety of family-oriented functions to participate. Mark your calendars while perusing the list of upcoming events: