Kwanzaa celebration embraces African culture, history

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Pounding drums and swaying dancers immersed a crowd of more than 100 into a traditional Kwanzaa celebration Saturday evening. The African food, music, dancing and historical performances in the Smith Recreation Center, organized by the Umoja Group of Fayetteville, came on the second of the annual seven days of celebration. The festival observance, when descendants […]


Free Health Fair

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“We started back in 1989 and decided to participate in Kwanzaa to celebrate African-American history, arts and culture,“ said Dorothy Fielder, director of the Umoja Festival. “We decided that we needed an activity in the summertime that had a cultural component so we started the Umoja Festival.” Fielder added that the event will feature storytellers, […]


Volunteers restore Murchison Road mural

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The mural dressing the wall at Murchison Road and Langdon Street is a familiar sight to visitors and residents of the Seabrook Park neighborhood – as is Dorothy Fielder and her clusters of volunteers. The retired school social worker and Umoja Group co-founder can frequently be seen freshening up the paint and working in the […]