City honors activist, festival founder Lois Fernandez in South Philadelphia

Kimberly Adams
June 09, 2018 - 9:02 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- City officials, family, and community members gathered in South Philadelphia Saturday to honor the late founder of one of the city's largest African-American street festivals.

Dozens gathered along 23rd and South streets for the unveiling of the Lois Fernandez Way, honoring Odunde Festival founder Lois Fernandez.

Fernandez's daughter, Oshunbumi Fernandez West, says she couldn't be more proud.

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"My mother changed the cultural footprint, the cultural landscape of not just Philadelphia, not just the state, but the country and worldwide," she said.

Fernandez's activism inspired Councilman Kenyatta Johnson too, who was instrumental in making this day a reality.

"I will forever be indebted to her, her family -- but most importantly her life and legacy," he said.

"Odunde is known internationally and I'm just so excited that people are coming here to honor my mom to see my mom," Fernandez West added.

Odunde 2018 kicks off Sunday June 10.