For the second consecutive year, Vulcan Inc. will be a presenting sponsor of Umoja Fest. A local tradition since the 1940s, this year’s festivities will be held in conjunction with Seafair Aug. 4-6 at Judkins Park.

Umoja, the Swahili word for unity, aims to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds for a celebration of the rich African-American heritage and culture of the region.

This year, Vulcan is bringing in the Sea Gals to participate in the Africatown Heritage Parade, featuring dance troops and drill teams. Other festivities include musical acts, a basketball tournament, bites from local restaurants and food trucks, and a vendor marketplace and community resource fair.

Photos from last year’s event can be found in the gallery above, courtesy of Youth in Focus, a non-profit youth photography organization based in the Central Area. We hope to see you there!