Uhuru Flea Market – The Temple News

A seller returns his card to a customer during the One Africa One Nation Uhuru Flea Market pop-up market held on December 4th at the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center | AMBER RITSON / THE TEMPLE NEWS

Members of the West Philadelphia Ward gathered on December 4th at the newly renovated Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center on 47th Street between Aspen and Brown for the One Africa One Nation Uhuru Flea Market’s first Christmas pop-up market of handcrafted items by black artists .

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., event-goers were encouraged to buy Black and support local businesses. The vendors sold a variety of handcrafted items including candles, tea, woven carpets, barbecue sauce, and spiritual items.

While the organization usually holds its annual garage sales during the summer months, Tiffany Murphy, the event organizer and a representative from the National African People’s Education and Defense Fund, decided to create a Christmas market to help black artists make extra money before the holidays , particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic, Murphy said.

“The pandemic has affected the black community in many ways, including lack of resources, lack of access to jobs, and personal safety,” Murphy said. “It was just very important for us to have this to support our regular guests.”

While planning this year’s event, the Uhuru Flea Market decided to include handcrafted artists to highlight the creativity of the black community that is often overlooked, Murphy said.

Textile artist Hannah Wallace, owner of Loom Woven Rugs and a 2016 African American graduate, has been a saleswoman for the Uhuru organization for many years. She keeps coming back to the organization because of the sense of community, Wallace said.

“There’s such a strong black craft culture out here and we’ve always been here,” said Wallace. “We just like to support each other and give each other something during the holidays.”

A commitment to nurturing and creating a community among black artists and business owners was one of the many reasons Veronica Jones, a Clementon, New Jersey resident, traveled to West Philadelphia on Saturday.

“It is a celebration of our African heritage and only supports our community. You know, we support all the churches all the time, ”said Jones. “This is an opportunity to support our own.”

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