Program

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Performers and Speakers



Chairman Omali Yeshitela

From the day he ripped down the racist mural from the walls of City Hall in St Petersburg, Florida in 1966, Chairman Omali Yeshitela (then known as Joseph Waller) has never stopped fighting for freedom for African people everywhere. Mobilized in his youth by anti-colonial movements around the world and the struggle for black liberation inside the U.S., Yeshitela dedicated his life to uniting and liberating Africa and African people everywhere. Read More...



CocoSol and the Chillettes

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. 
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Penny Hess

Penny Hess is the chairperson of the African People's Solidarity Committee, an organization of white people organizing in solidarity with the movement for the liberation of Africa and African people. APSC works under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, led by the African People's Socialist Party. Read More...







Rasheed Bey

Powerful Revolutionary poet and artist, a longtime 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.









Mr. Diamond Burwell 

Mr. Diamond Burwell Sings the legends.













KT Terry

KT Terry is a YMCA fitness trainer and singer. She will perform from her new CD "Out of the Blue" 
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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 Headline 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. Read More...


Saeed Abdul-Samad

Saeed Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Africa Rocks Productions. Saeed is an 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. 

Karen Smith & Friends


Karen Smith is a Jazz drummer who lives in Philadelphia and performs regularly with her band Weez the Peeples and many other great musicians. Karen is long time friend of the Uhuru Movement and has performed for many African community programs and events. Karen says “I am the 3 "Ps" ...Percussionist, Playwright, Poet and my daily mantra: Possible is Possible!”



Daniel Theodore Harris








Taylor Hosking

Taylor Hosking is a political journalist and senior at the University of Pennsylvania where she is a proud member of the spoken-word poetry group The Excelano Project. Excelano will be celebrating its 15 year anniversary on October 1st as one of the groups that helped grow and foster Philadelphia's spoken-word community. For more information about this alumni anniversary show, contacting Taylor, or The Excelano Project, like them on facebook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjAgv05PS6o



Move Youth

ONA MOVE! The political rap group LIFE and R.A.W (Revolt Against Wrong) is represented by young MOVE members: Raymond Africa, Briana Africa, Koby Africa, Tommy Africa, and Brian Africa. They are the Seeds of the original MOVE political rap group “Seeds of Wisdom” and just as their parents were all born and raised in MOVE and raised to inform people thru the teaching of John Africa of how this reform world system feeds people weakness and takes their strength.



Ramona Africa

Ramona Africa is the only living survivor of the the 1985 bombing of the MOVE organization by the Philadelphia police. On May 15,1985 the city of Philadelphia, authorized by then Mayor Wilson Goode, dropped a C-4 bomb on a row house with 13 people inside, all members of the MOVE organization who take the surname Africa. Fire trucks which had been attempting to drown the people out, stood by for an hour and let the fire burn. Eleven MOVE members, including five children, were murdered by police who shot at those trying to flee the burning house. Read More...


Houze ofBeautiez Dance Group

Houze ofbeautiez was started in 2014 by Miss Yonnie and includes dance, modeling, focusing on connection to community and being positive. Dancers at the Uhuru Book Fair will include Rodeaya, Sahmyira, Safiyyah, Jessica and Sahmyir.








Taneesha Sowell

Taneesha Sowell Sings R&B












Phoenix Mystique

Phoenix Mystique is a singer/songwriter/poet born & raised in Boston, MA. She has been a resident of Philadelphia for 15 years and has honed her performance skills in various venues such as The Clef Club, October Gallery, Art Sanctuary, 7165 Lounge, Sole II Sole Restaurant, Soulstock Music Festival, African American Museum of Philadelphia and at various coffeehouse / lounge gatherings and community festivals. Read More...





Authors and Education Resources 



DaVita Garfield

As a Speaker, Author and Empowerment Coach, DaVita credits the many life experiences and obstacles that she has overcome during her life as the driving force behind her God-given assignment to support other women by encouraging them to become amazing on purpose. DaVita’s #1 role is being a mother to her beautiful 12-year-old daughter. Presently, DaVita has expanded her brand and services into some amazing programs, all in the spirit of helping others reach their highest level of success without apology.


Victoria Huggins Peurifoy: Poetry/Spoken Words 

Victoria Huggins Peurifoy is an Author, Poet, Spoken-word Artist, Storyteller, Ghost Writer, Consultant, Facilitator, Voice talent, Narrator, and Public Speaker. She is a member of White Rock Baptist Church. She is a twenty 28 year resident of the Germantown area of Philadelphia and is called, “The Axiom,” for she speaks the truth. She is a self-published author of twelve books, three chapbooks and has two CDs to her credit. Read More...

Mighty Writers

Our mission is to teach kids to think and write with clarity.
We offer daily afterschool academies, long- and short-term writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs, mentorships, College Prep courses and college essay writing classes.
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Sharai Robbin


"I am a writer. I have always been a writer and there's not much more to it than that. Literacy and education are fundamental parts of who I am and I believe we achieve by application of the knowledge we gain from our experiences.
My goal is to use my education, my experiences and my God-given abilities to inspire and empower other writers to achieve their literary dreams. I get to write for a living, I walk in my passion everyday and I encourage you to live the life you desire by doing what you love." Read More...



Billel El














Sonya Privette-James

Apostle Sonya Privette-James one of three children, was born to Willie and Viola Privette. She was educated in the Philadelphia Catholic School System where she graduated from Mercy Vocational High School. As part of her continued training, she graduated from Mel Floyd School of Evangelism, Christian Research and Development as a Certified Biblical Counselor and New Life Bible Institute Missionary Training School. Apostle Sonya is a member of the African American Author’s Expo and Christian Authors on Tour and a Co-host of their Blog Talk Radio Show in which she interviews Christian authors. Read More...






Andre Redmond
Karen Thompson
Ashara Anderson
Qiyamah Abdallah
Shawn Alleyne
Sheila Armstrong
Harriet Bained