The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. presents Kwanzaa on December 26 – 27, 2012.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - UMOJA- Unity
Collage Dance Company
Thursday, Dec. 27 - KUJICHAGULIA- Self Determination
Other Principles of Kwanzaa include:
UJIMA- Collective Work & Responsibility
UJAMAA- Cooperative Economics
Doors open at 6 pm; Show starts at 7 pm
All events are free and open to the public.
All events are hosted by Zayd Malik.
Zayd Malik Shakur –Griot (host) for the evening will explain the history, cultural influence & significance, symbols, ceremonies, and principles of Kwanzaa. Duration: 25-30min.
Shareef Hameed – Substance Abuse Councilor, activist, mentor, and public speaker will present “We Are One” a Power Point presentation about the African origins of our global family. This powerful presentation embodies the 1st principle of Kwanzaa Umoja (unity). This presentation is for all ages and should not be missed. Duration: 30min.
Please bring nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Food Collected will go to the local Durham Branch.
What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrated from December 26 through January 1st. It is based on the agricultural celebration of Africa called “the first fruits” celebrations, which celebrate the times of harvest, gathering, reverence, commemoration of the past, recommitment to cultural ideals and celebration of the good.
Kwanzaa was created out of the philosophy of Kawaida, which is a cultural nationalist philosophy that argues that the key challenge in black peoples’ lives is the challenge of culture, and that what Africans must do is to discover and bring forth the best of their culture, both ancient and current, and use it as a foundation to bring into being models of human excellence and possibilities to enrich and expand our lives.
It was created in the midst of our struggles of liberation in the 1960′s and was part of our organization US” efforts to create, recreate and circulate African culture as an aid to building community, enriching black consciousness, and reaffirming the value of culture grounding for life and struggle.
Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions of people of African descent through out the world African community. As a cultural holiday, Africans practice it from all religions, traditions, all classes, all ages and generations, and all political persuasions on the common ground of their African ness in all its historical and cultural diversity and unity.