New Orleans, Louisiana

Umoja Committee


The Umoja Committee serves its community by providing opportunities that foster and promote an appreciation and knowledge of self, African heritage, and culture for children, their families, volunteers, and educators. Its programs and activities stimulate and encourage curiosity and creativity to produce a stimulating environment for its audience. Those activities include African-centered workshops, culturally specific children’s activities, and the annual Umoja Village at the Celebration of the African-American Child festival in New Orleans. Umoja touches the souls of children while embodying values and principles that celebrate the human spirit via the arts and the concept “it takes a village to raise a child.” 

Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Prayer

Photo: Ralph Bush

Morekeba-Chora player during prayer circle

Baba Morekeba - Chora player at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the African American Child. Photo: Ralph Bush

Mama O-prayer and libation blessing

Mama Olayeela Daste - Prayer and libation blessing. Photo: Ralph Bush

Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Prayer

Guardians of the Flame - Mardi Gras Indian prayer and blessing. Photo: Ralph Bush

Silver lining around our children prayer circle (multifaith). Photo: Ralph Bush

Silver Lining Around Our Children Prayer Circle 2

Silver lining around our children prayer circle (multifaith). Photo: Ralph Bush

Djembe Making African Drum

Djembe making workshop (African Drumming). Photo: Ralph Bush