In Pictures: The Street Named Little Ethiopia in L.A.

Little Ethiopia Business Association celebrates the 7th Annual Cultural Street Festival. (Photo by Ayele Bekerie)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Friday, September 19, 2008

Los Angeles, CA (Tadias) – The seventh annual anniversary of Little Ethiopia took place in Los Angeles on September 14, 2008.

The celebration was organized by the Little Ethiopia Business Association, which is chaired by Woizero Negest Legesse. Among the most active organizers of the event were: Mesob Restaurant, Rosalind Restaurant, Rahel Vegan Cuisine, Nyala Restaurant, Ferede Child Care Center, Selam Travel, and the Ethiopian Airlines. The office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and City Councils have also provided assistance to the event.

This year’s theme, “International Unity Parade in Celebration of Africa”, had two components: a parade and cultural show. Eighteen African countries were represented at the parade. There were also school bands, and representatives of the Mexican American, Indigenous American, African American and Caribbean communities.

The cultural show included Ethiopian music and dance, comedy, and a speech. Ayele Bekerie, Assistant Professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center of Cornell University (a regular contributor to Tadias Magazine) gave a keynote address entitled: The Street Named Ethiopia: Some Historical and Cultural Reflections on Global Ethiopia.

The events were well attended. It is estimated that there were over 2,500 people in attendance. Here are some selected pictures by Dr. Ayele Bekerie.

19 Responses to “In Pictures: The Street Named Little Ethiopia in L.A.”

  1. 1 Eyob Sep 17th, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Loved the pictures. I wish I was there with my family to be part of this colorful and historic event. Nice to see the color of our pride flying high on the street named after our beloved country.

    May God Bless the organizers and all who dedicated their time.

  2. 2 Alem Sep 17th, 2008 at 8:35 am

    What a wonderful event!

    I wish we can do this here in Dubai as well to show our culture.

    Good job to the organizers!

  3. 3 Rebecca Snyder Sep 17th, 2008 at 10:12 am

    It looks like an awesome celebration. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4 gulelle Sep 17th, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Thank You Tadias!!! Please help the organizers in spreading the news. This is the first time I ever seen such a wonderful news. Hopefully more Ethiopians will have another reason to get together like ESFNA games.Together lets present a positive image of our country for which we are a proud, hard working and decent people.

  5. 5 Mesi Sep 18th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    that was great i wish we can do this in washington.

  6. 6 mekds melaku Sep 19th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    it was fantastic just keep on this atmospher for ever

  7. 7 Atlanta Sep 19th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for all you do and I hope this will encourage Ethiopians in the US, Canada and all over the world to do the same. This is the kind of event that brings our comunity in each states and country together as well as let other know about our beautifull culture and who we are as a nation. Thank you for making this posible. Great job!

  8. 8 Basliel Wolde Gabriel Sep 20th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    I was very impressed with the organization and participants but most importantly the apparent pride and dignity of what Africa and Ethiopia and indigenous people have delivered for the uninformed.

  9. 9 Natnael Berhanu Sep 20th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    First of all i would like to say i live in England and so profoundly proud to see such a strong community displaying their love affection for Ethiopia and Africa.While i am celebrating this great event, I am reminded there are a lot of things yet to do.

    Here in the England there is a campaign that is ongoing and has been for the last 140 years. It is indeed the stolen treasures from Maqdala in 1868. I would like to invite you to log on to and have a little read. Please sign the petition and pass it on to all Ethiopians living in the united states. It is greatly appreciated.

    This is a big piece to the puzzle which i believe will complete the great and proud history of our beloved country which our forefathers died for.

    If you like to know any more please e mail me on


  10. 10 alemu tesema Oct 5th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    very good .

  11. 11 BARBARA NESBITT Oct 31st, 2008 at 3:33 pm




  12. 12 Ayele Bekerie Nov 1st, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Dear Barbara,

    Here is Nehest’s e-mail address: NIKKI LEGESSE

    Ayele Bekerie

  13. 13 Moges Dec 3rd, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    It gave me a great pleasure to see such amazing pictures organized celebration where my countries flag and name is flying high up at Little Ethiopia LA. All Ethiopians, wherever you may be, please be clean deep in your heart like our national dress,let us get organized like the residents of LA particularly those who leave at the Little Ethiopia street and let us be open and transparent for discussion stop hatred to each other, work together for change in our country Ethiopia .

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