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harambeeseallogo2Krewe of Harambee began as an idea started after organizing two Mardi Gras parties in 1998 and 1999. Mr. Clifton Davis, Theron Jackson and Lynn Braggs began discussing the possibility of formulating an African American Krewe. It was discussed that the krewe should promote minority involvement in the Mardi Gras season in the spirit of the African American culture in the Shreveport /Bossier area. In the fall of 1999 Theron Jackson, Saundra Bingham and Roxanne Johnson convened the first meeting of what would become the Krewe of Harambee at 501 Marshall St. At that meeting, the name Harambee was suggested by Jackson and with mutual consent it was agreed that that would be the recommended name to be ratified by charter members.

Harambee is a Swahili word meaning “LET’S PULL TOGETHER”

Charter members were solicited following that meeting. Prospective members were invited to two subsequent meetings, one held at 610 Texas St and the other held at the Southern Trace Country Club. Charter members were:

  • Lynn Braggs
  • Saundra Bingham
  • Michael Flentroy
  • Frances Flentroy
  • Theron Jackson
  • Roxanne Johnson
  • Richard Johnson
  • Jerry Paige
  • John Samuels
  •  Ron Smith
  • Markey Washington
  • Patrick Wesley

The KREWE OF HARAMBEE’s goal is to increase minority participation during the Mardi Gras season and support charitable organizations.

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