WorldBeat Cultural Center Presents
34th Annual KWANZAA Celebration
Featuring Lectures, Music, Theatre, Feasts, & Poetry
Each day starts at 6PM*
All activities are FREE
Friday December 26th
Lecture w/ Nekhitem Kamenthu, teacher and initiate from Earth Center on 'Renaissance of the Traditions'
Saturday December 27th
*Activities start at 4PM KUJICHAGULIA- Self-Determination
~Health Conference presented by Makeca Paul Simm, MPH, Vice Preseident SDBHA and Ms. Ramla Sahid- Somali Nutrition
~Lecture w/ Nekhitem Kamenthu, teacher and initiate from Earth Center on 'Health and Self-Determination'
~Preview Performances of "Tribal Frozen" and a Californian "West Side Story" by the teenagers by Diva Works Dance Studio
Sunday December 28th
UJIMA- Collective Work & Responsibility
~Official Opening Performances of "Tribal Frozen" and a Californian "West Side Story" by the teenagers by Diva Works Dance Studio
Monday December 29th
UJAMAA- Cooperative Economics
**More details TBA**
Tuesday December 30th
Each day will feature
Traditional Afrikan Libiations, Drum Call, Karamu- Traditional Feast, Kwanzaa Poetry by Johnnierenee Nia Nelson
MC by Master of Ceremonies Tufuku Kalnji
Kwanzaa is an African American Holiday celebrated from the 26th of December to the 1st of January. WorldBeat Center will be celebrating 5 of the 7 days of Kwanzaa with Master of Ceremonies, TUKUFU KALONJI. Kwanzaa is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called “the first-fruits” celebrations which were times of harvest, in gathering, reverence, commemoration, re-commitment and celebration.
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".