Photo Essay: Abridged 2020 Umoja Fest Celebrates Black Life

by Susan Fried

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade is one of the summer highlights of Seattle’s Central District. The festival, formerly known as the East Madison Mardi Gras and the Pacific Northwest Community Festival, has been an annual tradition uplifting Black Americans in the region for over six decades.

Thousands of people usually attend Umoja Fest’s three-day August celebration at Judkins Park. But this year, because of COVID-19 and to honor the global…

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