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"Since the 1930s, Harambee has been a hub for African American culture and heritage.  Originally settled by German immigrants in the 1800s, the African American community grew over the years and reached its height by the 1970s.  Harambee was particularly attractive to working-class families because of the modest and tidy single-family homes and proximity to downtown.

 In the mid-1970s, residents adopted the name Harambee, the Swahili word for "pulling together".  Harambee's organizing culture is rooted in the civil rights movement.  During the 1970s and 1980s, the neighborhood became organized with over one hundred active block clubs.  Residents fought against school and housing segregation, and other forms of institutional racism and divestment facing their community."

The map below shows the boundaries in which the Harambee NID operates. Click here to download a pdf of the map.


The map below identifies all project areas where the NID has contributed funds toward housing repairs. In total 35 houses have been repaired since the NID's establishment in 2018. Scroll in and out on the map and click on the icons to read descriptions of each project. 



If you are a resident of the Harambee neighborhood and reside within the boundaries, you qualify to become a member of the Harambee NID Board of Directors. If you are interested, Download the form or fill our electronic form below to cast your vote!

The Harambee NID values the input of its residents and whants to make sure they are moving in a direction that speaks of the needs of the residents. To fill out the General Survey, download the pdf form or fill out the form electronically.

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