Celebrating Kwanzaa All Week in Bed-Stuy

Round-up of Kwanzaa events in and around the neighborhood.

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, which means that residents all over Brooklyn will be celebrating the African American cultural holiday throughout this week. Several events are taking place around the city, but here is a list of some Kwanzaa celebrations and Kwanzaa-related events happening only steps away. 


1. The 2nd annual "Karamu! A Community Kwanzaa Celebration" will be held on Tuesday, December 27 at 6 p.m. at  (361 Lewis Avenue), honoring a few of Macon's biggest community supporters.

The library will also be screening The Black Candle at 4 p.m. on December 28, as well as hosting "Kwanzaa Arts and Crafts" on December 29 at 3:30 p.m. and "Kuumba: Creating & Telling Our Stories," a poetry reading and creative writing workshop on December 30 at 3 p.m.

2. The Kwanzaa Collective will be hosting its 35th Annual Celebration at Boys and Girls High School at 1700 Fulton Street today through December 30. .

3. The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will be holding their in the S. Stevan Dweck Auditorium on Wednesday, December 28 at 3 p.m. Come enjoy performances by opera singer Jorell Williams, storyteller Rebecca King, and dancers from The Piragramec Company.

4.  The Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave.) will be hosting "Kwanzaa: Day of Delights featuring W.O.R.D UP! Reading Holiday Traditions and Treats" this Wednesday, December 28 at 3 p.m., open for all ages. RSVP for this program at 718-735-4400, Ext. 321.

Children under five years old can learn about Kwanzaa during "Meet the Holiday: Kwanzaa Celebration!" at the museum today through Wednesday, December 28, with sessions each day at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.

pat December 28, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Maulana Karenga of the US Organization created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African American holiday .[2] Karenga said his goal was to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society."[3] The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest.[4] The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s. Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzu Saba, the "seven principles of African Heritage" which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy". During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that black people should shun.[5] However, as Kwanzaa gained mainstream adherents, Karenga altered his position so that practicing Christians would not be alienated, then stating in the 1997 Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture, "Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday."[6] Happy Kwanzaa.
pat December 28, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Sorry, the above information was obtained from Wikipedia. Not the most reputable, but I this information is verifiable.


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