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The Uhuru Book Fair & Flea Market: All-day festival in West Philly!

Sep 6, 2016

PHILADELPHIA––The Uhuru Book Fair & Flea Market (UBFFM) is an education and economic development project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF), supporting programs for education, health, sustainable economic development, and self-determination by and for the African community.

UBFFM will be a free, all-day festival in West Philadelphia's Clark Park on September 24, 2016 featuring poetry, spoken word, independent African authors, a children’s education area, music, food and over 100 vendors!

Free educational resources will be available throughout the day to address adult literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), and the community-wide lack of access to reading materials and educational resources.

Our keynote speaker will be Chairman Omali Yeshitela, founder and leader of the African People’s Socialist Party and the Uhuru Movement as well as a world-renowned author, speaker, and African Liberation Movement leader.

He will provide a powerful analysis on the current political state for Africans and oppressed people as well as feature his new book, "An Uneasy Equilibrium: The African Revolution versus Parasitic Capitalism."

APEDF has been hosting festivals and flea markets in Clark Park for over 10 years! We will collaborate with education nonprofits, service & community organizations, businesses, performers, speakers, vendors, and shoppers alike to bring this exciting program to the city! 

Disparities in the African community highlight the need for the Uhuru Bookfair

This independent African Book Fair is urgently needed in Philadelphia, a majority African and Puerto Rican city, where over 40 percent of residents currently don’t have a high school diploma.

There are deeply-ingrained education disparities that result in unemployment, poverty and low family incomes, which can lead to poor health and shortened life expectancies.

An African child born in Strawberry Mansion has a life expectancy 20 years less than a white child born in Society Hill, a few miles away. Again, shocking statistics proving why this Book Fair is needed!

APEDF and our many partners are committed to building community-based solutions that have a lasting, positive impact on the education, health, and economic development of our community.

We know the solution will only come from the voice of the community and by building our own programs for self-reliance in the African community.

Everyone is needed to get involved!

Come out to Clark Park, 43rd & Chester Ave, West Philly on September 24th!

To find out more information or to make a donation please contact: Uhuru Book Fair and Flea Line by phone: 267-875-3532, or via email: [email protected].



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