Unity in Community draws thousands
More than 105 nonprofits, universities, government agencies, businesses, cultural groups and faith groups were among the vendors at the 2019 Unity in the Community.
It was the 25th year the event has been held in Spokane beginning with Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church gathering African American and other cultural and faith organizations at Liberty Park in Spokane.
Co-organizer April Anderson felt this year's event was effective at connecting the community and exemplifying the theme, "Thriving Together. Rising Together."
"I was lifted by the smiles and laughter all around me," she said.
With more than 5,000 attending, she said it was "one of the largest crowds we have had."
The Cultural Village used the Howard Street bridge for children to tour booths and learn about different cultures. When they filled their "passports" with stamps they received a bag of school supplies.
"We always look for ways to add to it. This year, dragon dancers performed," she said.
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Mareesa Henderson is co-chair with April, and co-executive director of the NW Unity nonprofit. They recruit a committee that begins meeting in March to plan for the summer event.
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