Kwanzaa 101
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Emergence Community Arts Collective

733 Euclid Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20001

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Kwanzaa 101:
An Interactive Workshop Series on Understanding Kwanzaa and How to Celebrate It.

Thursday December 1: Film Screening and Discussion of the Kwanzaa Documentary “The Black Candle”

Thursday December 8: Roots and Branches of Kwanzaa

Thursday December 15: The Values of Kwanzaa

Thursday December 22: The Symbols and Activities of Kwanzaa

Thursday December 29: Ujamaa Kwanzaa Celebration


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Sponsored by:
Appeal, Inc.
Association of Black Psychologists
DC Kwanzaa Planning Committee
Let’s Buy Black 365
The Luv Lounge
National Black United Front
Rhythm N Justice Radio
We Act Radio

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.

The first-fruits celebrations are recorded in African history as far back as ancient Egypt and Nubia and appear in ancient and modern times in other classical African civilizations such as Ashantiland and Yorubaland. These celebrations are also found in ancient and modern times among societies as large as empires (the Zulu or kingdoms (Swaziland) or smaller societies and groups like the Matabele, Thonga and Lovedu, all of southeastern Africa. Kwanzaa builds on the five fundamental activities of Continental African "first fruit" celebrations: ingathering; reverence; commemoration; recommitment; and celebration. Kwanzaa, then, is:

The Origins of Kwanzaa the First-Fruits Celebration

a time of ingathering of the people to reaffirm the bonds between them;

a time of special reverence for the creator and creation in thanks and respect for the blessings, bountifulness and beauty of creation;

a time for commemoration of the past in pursuit of its lessons and in honor of its models of human excellence, our ancestors;

a time of recommitment to our highest cultural ideals in our ongoing effort to always bring forth the best of African cultural thought and practice; and

a time for celebration of the Good, the good of life and of existence itself, the good of family, community and culture, the good of the awesome and the ordinary, in a word the good of the divine, natural and social.
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Emergence Community Arts Collective

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