Organizers of the Oakland Black-Eyed Pea Festival are looking for African-American vendors of art and crafts for their 4th annual celebration of African American traditional to food, music and art.
“The focus of the festival is the creativity and resilience of African Americans,” says Wanda Ravernell, festival director. “Therefore, we are looking for vendors who make their own things. No manufactured goods are allowed.”
Some of the festival’s previous guest artists include the renowned Karin Turner (watermelon themes), Nannette Harris-Jones (blues people) and TheArthur Wright (Egyptian themes), as well as jewelers Latisha Baker and Nakia Dillard.
“We also are looking for community resource vendors that serve community needs of African Americans,” says Ravernell. “The local Black nurses association came out last year and did health screenings with us.”
The festival is on Saturday Sept. 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Oakland Technical High School lawn. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Wanda Ravernell at (510) 332-5851 or email [email protected].