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Harambee is a Swahili term that is commonly used in Kenya and other East African countries. It means “pulling together” or “all pull together” in English which perfectly encapsulates the essence of this event, promoting a sense of collective progress and mutual support among the attendees and the honorees. Harambee is often used as a rallying cry or slogan to encourage cooperation and unity among people.

The term has its roots in traditional African culture, where communities would work together to accomplish a common goal. Harambee is still used today in many social and political contexts. For example, it is often used to encourage fundraising efforts or to promote community development projects.


In Celebration 

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) Queens County Section’s Annual Harambee Luncheon stands as a beacon of celebration and encouragement within the community. This prestigious event is not only a testament to the rich cultural heritage and the spirit of unity but also a platform to honor and empower the youth who have shown exceptional achievements in academics, arts, sports, and community service.

The Harambee Scholarship Luncheon is more than just an annual gathering; it is a pivotal occasion that shines a light on the promising young individuals who are making significant contributions to their community. By acknowledging their achievements, the luncheon not only rewards their efforts but also motivates them to continue their path of excellence.


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