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Joyous Kwanzaa: An Ubuntu Affair at The Self Care Square
December 31, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Joyous Kwanzaa is an in-person and IG Live Ubuntu Affair where we celebrate African Heritage by diving deep into the Ngozu Saba, Seven Principles, of Kwanzaa as a community with discussion and fun activities for the youth and the wise! This is a celebration open to all that are interested in celebrating African Heritage and to those that are interested in celebrating or learning to celebrate Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, as a way to bring African Americans together as a community and help them reconnect with their African roots and heritage. Kwanzaa celebrates family, community, culture, and heritage. As the Civil Right Movement transitioned into Black nationalism in the late 1960s, men such as Karenga were searching for ways to reconnect African Americans with their heritage.
Every day there will be a Kwanzaa exhibit for your to explore before or during the evening celebrations. From 5PM-9PM we will celebrate Kwanzaa by learning about the Kwanzaa tradition, meet and pick the brains of keynote speakers, and participate in activities that encourage the understanding of the Principle of the day! Bring your kids! We will have a Kid’s Corner Counselor there to guide your children into some Kwanzaa themed Storytelling, Games, and Crafts for the day! Every day is something different and fun!
December 26th – Umoja [Unity]
The Opening of our celebration begins with a community mixer to put emphasis on Unity and building your network! Come and meet your community!
December 27th – Kujichagulia [Self Determination]
Al Howard III will give a talk and lead a discussion in Self Determination, Confidence in day-to-day life, and living your truth.
December 28th – Ujima [Collective Work and Responsibility]
Elijah Lewis will give a talk and lead a discussion on Collective Work and Responsibility and how we may come together and build a strong community.
December 29th – Ujamaa [Cooperative Economics]
Become a Patron of Local Black Businesses from 11-5 at our Ujamaa Market, then celebrate Ujamaa with us by speaking to those makers and creators in depth about how we are utilizing Black Business to help fund and give value to the community in a round table format.
December 30th – Nia [Purpose]
Discuss your life purpose or ideas of life purpose and create your personal Vision Board with Teya Williams of Dreams Manifest LLC!
December 31st – Kuumba [Creativity]
Come in your most expressive outfit and watch fun creative performances such as African Drumming, Singing, Poetry, and more!
January 1st – Imani [Faith]
Imani will be the day of the big feast where we show our appreciation for one another and cloak our year with faith! This is an Interfaith event, all faiths and walks of life are welcome!
This event is made possible by The Self Care Square, Seattle Restored, Seattle Housing Authority, It Takes A Village, and Seattle Neighborhoods