Search

Kwanzaa Celebrations Nationwide


Photo Credit: Pexels


It was an encounter with the police in Los Angeles Police that led to the Watts Rebellion in 1965. For five days, the city raged with anger in the wake of uprisings and protests that had taken place in predominately Black communities across the country as a response to deliberate deplorable living conditions, the general treatment of Black people, and long-standing tension between police and residents.

Seeing these events unfolding, Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University saw that African Americans throughout the United States needed to come together as a community. After his research of African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations, Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa, derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili.

Photo Credit: Dig Mag


The seven-day celebration begins on December 26 and culminates with an African feast, called Karamu, which is held on January 1. Kwanzaa celebrations often include African drums, music, dancing, storytelling, poetry reading, and gift-giving. Each day is a day to reflect on the Nguzo Saba (meaning seven principles in Swahili) and every evening, a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.


In the years since the creation of Kwanzaa, communities, churches, libraries, universities, and municipalities have been hosting Kwanzaa events to commemorate the values of African culture reinforcing community among African-Americans. Looking for an event being held near you or streaming online? I have one event from each state listed below.

 

Alabama

Studio 2500

Kwanzaa Art Sale


Alaska

Alaska Black Caucus - ABC

Our Beloved Community

Arizona

Barbea Williams Performing Company, Inc. PRE-KWANZAA EVENT


Arkansas

The Sankofa Institute

Habari Gani! Happy Kwanzaa!


California

Parenting for Liberation

Kwanzaa Celebration


Colorado

Raising Readers Storytime: Kwanzaa

Cortez Public Library


Connecticut

Hartford Public Library and CT Humanities Present

Kwanzaa, A Celebration of Community, Family, and Culture

with Guest Storyteller Valerie Tutson


Delaware

A Joyous Kwanzaa 2021 with Kuumba and CCAC


Florida

Central Florida's Kwanzaa Celebration Day 1 Umoja - Unity

The Equity Council Corp.


Georgia

The 25th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebration ft. "Women Hold Up Half the Sky"

by Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc


Hawaii

African Americans on Maui (AAOMA)

TBA


Idaho

NAACP - Pocatello Branch

TBA


Illinois

College of Lake County's Kwanzaa Virtual Celebration with Dr. Maulana Keranga

"Practicing Kwanzaa & the Seven Principles: Ensuring the Well-Being of the World"


Indiana

Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration Powered By Victor

by AwayZone Inc


Iowa

African American Museum of Iowa

TBA


Kansas

Kansas City National Black United Front

City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration

Kentucky

The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center

The Black Candle with MK Asante


Louisiana

New Orleans Kwanzaa Coaltion

TBA


Maine

Town of York Maine Parks and Recreation Department

Sweet Celebrations - Cookie Decorating


Maryland

Substantial Art & Music with Creative Suitland Arts Center

IT’S A KWANZAA CELEBRATION 2021


Massachusetts

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

Annual Kwanzaa Concert


Michigan

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Kwanzaa With The Wright!


Minnesota

Unity Minneapolis

Kwanzaa: The Culminating Celebration of Living the Principles


Mississippi

Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson

Kwanzaa 2021


Missouri

Columbia Parks and Recreation | Armory Sports Complex

Kwanzaa Celebration


Montana

TBA


Nebraska

Black Agenda Alliance

2 Year Anniversary and Kwanzaa Celebration!


Nevada

West Las Vegas Library

The Soul of Kwanzaa


New Hampshire

TBA


New Jersey

The James Brown African American Reading Room at the Newark Public Library

Friends of JBAAR 5th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration


New Mexico

Las Cruces Museums | Branigan Cultural Center

Winter Festival


New York

Rhythm N' Dance Kwanzaa Celebration 2021: The Legacy Continues!

North Carolina

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Wednesday Night Live: Kwanzaa Celebration


North Dakota

TBA


Ohio

King Arts Complex

Kwanzaa Youth Winter Academy


Oklahoma

Lacy Park & Community Center

Family Kwanzaa Workshop - Umoja/Unity: Collective Work & Responsibility


Oregon

The WOW Hall

NAACP KWANZAA


Pennsylvania

African American Cultural Alliance of Lancaster Kwanzaa Village, Black Business Expo


Rhode Island

URI Uhuru SASA

Kwanzaa Ball: The Enchanted Ball


South Carolina

Catalyst Mbongi Organizations

2021 Vendors Kwanzaa in the Midlands: Umoja


South Dakota

TBA


Tennessee

Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center - Murfreesboro

Kwanzaa Bingo


Texas

Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library

3rd Annual Jerry Pinkney Day and Kwanzaa Celebration!


Utah

Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

Storybook Science: "Seven Candles for Kwanzaa"


Vermont

TBA


Virginia

Alexandria Black History Museum

Kwanzaa How-to Workshop


Washington

Northwest African American Museum

Nia: A Kwanzaa Celebration


West Virginia

TBA


Wisconsin

UWGB Student Engagement Center

Annual Kwanzaa Event


Wyoming

TBA


*This list will be updated as events become available.

 

Need more resources like this to help you Buy Black? Sign up for the Daily Black Business Newsletter here so you never have to miss a blog post, interview, or an honest product review. Get Minority Report news, a few coupons, and this free Basic Essentials Shopping List delivered directly to your inbox!

88,301 views0 comments