Join the The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for an in-person celebration of Kwanzaa on Thursday, Dec. 29, or stream the event live here on the DPTV site.
The event will honor Ujamaa, the principle of Cooperative Economics. The Wright will celebrate and honor this principle with MUREC and Nanou Djiapo.
Learn more about the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa here.
Guests are also invited to visit the Vendor Marketplace before the Kwanzaa Program.
Vendor Marketplace opens: 5 p.m.
Kwanzaa Program begins: 6 p.m.
Can’t join the program in person? Tune into the livestream below ↓
Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, as a way to unite the community following the Watts Rebellion. Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili.
Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. Each night, a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.