The iconic festival is moving to the bigger more spacious Charlie W. Johnson Football Stadium on Two Notch Road
COLUMBIA, SC, April 19, 2022 – Multi-award-winning gospel artist Jekalyn Carr will headline this year’s Harambee Festival along with Atlanta hip hop and rap artist, K Camp, R&B sensation Marcus Allen and Columbia’s own jazz guitarist Terence Young and the Finesse Band.
The Harambee Festival is one of the largest college-sponsored festivals in the nation. The 33rd annual event is designed for the entire family from ages 8 to 80. This year, the popular community festival is moving to the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium and has increased the number of food trucks, live music performances, bounce houses, and vendors available for non-stop shopping.
Friday, April 22nd – 6:00 pm The Talent Showcase kicks-off the festival and will feature competitive performances by up-and-coming artists in various performance categories to include hip-hop, dancing, poetry, and more.
Saturday, April 23rd – 9:30am – 5:30 pm In addition to the national and local headliners, the 33rd Annual Harambee Festival’s will feature the award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, the Marching Band of Distinction, and Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.Benedict.edu, or in-person at the College’s bookstore from 10:00 am -6:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at 2300 Haskell Street. Tickets may also be purchased in-person on April 22 and 23 at the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium, located at 2047 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204.
About Benedict College
Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution, offering 25 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world.
Benedict offers several high-demand fields of study in STEM, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, and Education. The College also has a diverse faculty and importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty.
There are over 18,000 proud Benedict Tigers throughout the nation. Benedict College has been a community leader for over 150-years and is a significant contributor to South Carolina and the region. Contributing $130 million and 1,218 jobs in total local and annual economic impact, a Benedict graduate working full-time throughout his or her working life can expect to earn $1.1 million in additional income because of their Benedict College degree.
The College made front-page news in the spring of 2018 when it became the first South Carolina college to lower its tuition by 26 percent. Cutting tuition drew praise from the Commission on Higher Education, South Carolina’s education oversight body. The commissioner noted that the move Benedict College made should be applauded because it offers families affordability and students greater access to higher education.
Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications. For example, Benedict College was ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for creating social mobility and producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. In 2019, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest.
Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Five of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: The School of Education, Social Work Program, Environmental Health Science Program, Studio Art Program, and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship.