CITY’S LARGEST OUTDOOR FESTIVAL IN EAST BUFFALO RUNS EACH SATURDAY FROM 9-4 p.m. THROUGH SEPT. 25
Cedric Holloway, son of the late Johnnie B. Wiley, a retired Detective Sergeant of the Buffalo Police Department, founder of Omega Mentoring, and Executive Director of the former War Memorial Stadium at Jefferson and Dodge Streets, had a vision when he created the Kuleta Pamoja Vendor’s and Farmer’s Market.
The term is Swahili for “Come Together” and if there has ever been a time this East Buffalo community needed to come together, it is now. Located a few blocks south from where the deadly massacre of 10 beautiful Black men and women by an out-of-town white supremist five weeks ago, the Wiley Pavilion, which stretches down Jefferson to Best Street and is adjacent to Masten Park, has been a site for free mental health consultations and food giveaways since the Massacre occurred.
On Saturday, a different vibe will fill the air as everyone in Western New York is invited to 1100 Jefferson Avenue for Kuleta Pamoja and all its festivities, such as a a variety of local vendors, a Farmer’s Market with fresh fruits and vegetables, Food Trucks, entertainment and much more.
“Kuleta Pumoja is East Buffalo STRONG!,” proclaimed Holloway. “We are excited to kick off our third annual Kuleta Pamoja and we are especially happy to open this summer considering the tragic event that occurred at the Tops Market down the street. We are encouraging everyone to support East Buffalo and small businesses by visiting Kuleta Pumoja at Johnnie B. Wiley throughout the summer and early fall!”
Wiley Pavilion Board Chair Dr. Cassandra Wright, an associate superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, added: “We are so proud to work in and for our East Buffalo community! Kuleta Pumoja is a safe space for vendors to engage with the community and thrive and for the community to purchase some unique hand-made items!”
Kuleta Pumoja will once again begin at 9 a.m. with a one-hour physical fitness component, either at the top of the front steps at the Dodge Street entrance or inside on the grass field with a Boot Camp for all ages and physical types. It will be led by Dizzo and Coach L of Body Of Wealth. At 1 p.m., national recording artist Will Holton will perform with his saxophone and at 2 p.m., the Beauty of Life Fitness team will lead a Yoga session on the grass inside the stadium (bring your own yoga mats and towels).
The Buffalo Urban League will provide free mental health counseling inside the facility from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Vending opportunities are still available by calling Latesha Wiley at 716.390.0005.