-Buffalo Kwanzaa Schedule-
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26 – TUESDAY, JANUARY 1
All programs will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Events will take place at several sites this year, including The Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Ujima Theatre, The William-Emslie Y, East High School and the CAO Alphonso Rafi Green Masten Resource Center.
Admission is free to all programs!
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 26 UMOJA -UNITY
Niagara Square Downtown
Buffalo Kwanzaa Will Kick Off With A Dedication And Black Liberation Flag Raising in Niagara Square in Front Of City Hall.
Build Academy 340 Fougeron Street Opening Ceremony. Tribute to the Ancestors & Elders. Cultural Presentation with Tradition Keepers Storytellers; Art Display by, Ari Moore, The Kwanzaa Series ;and Access to A-Free-Ka
THURSDAY DECEMBER 27, KUJICHAGULIA-SELF DETERMINATION
7-9PM Build Academy 340 Fougeron Street.. An evening of electrifying performances by African American Cultural Center
FRIDAY 28- UJIMA-COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY
7-9 PM Ujima Theater 429 Plymouth Avenue Ujima in Action! A captivating evening of Arts, Entertainment, and Cultural Activism
SATURDAY DECEMBER 29- UJAMAACOOPERATIVE ECONOMICS
9:30 AM – 12 NOON
William-Emslie YMCA; 585 William St, The Path of the Panther Kwanzaa Free Breakfast Program for Children 9:30a.m.-12p.m.
East High School, 820 Northampton Children’s Kwanzaa. Afrikan Cultural Education, Entertainment, & Art Activities & Storytelling. Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace All children must be accompanied by an adult!
East High School , 820 Northampton •Opening Address: “Cannabis, Hemp, and the Afrikan in America Community” by Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. •Dub Poetry by international Reggae and World Music star Dub Poet RasTakura. •Panel Discussion: Afrikan Family Wealth & Legacy: How we did it!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30 – NIA-PURPOSE
7-9PM East High School , 820 Northampton •Opening Address by, Lion AkinDele Blyden- President, UNIA-ACL Buffalo Division #433 •Daughters of Creative Sound •Keynote Speech by, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Founder of Kwanzaa
MONDAY DECEMBER 31 – KUUMBA-CREATIVITY
6-9 PM CAO Alphonso Rafi Green Masten Resource Center; 1423 Fillmore Avenue Karamu Feast & Dance!!! Free Potluck! Please bring a dish to share (no red meat, alcohol, pork) Nia Soul Train by, Ras Muata
TUESDAY JANUARY 1 -IMANI, FAITH
12 Noon-4:00 PM CAO Alphonso Rafi Green Masten Resource Center; 1423 Fillmore Avenue Presentation: “Eye On History: 44 Years of Unapologetic Love of Self, Family, Community and Culture” By Queen Mother Eva M. Doyle.
-A Little Kwanzaa History-
Kwanzaa 2018: 52 Years of Celebrating Our African Culture
“Celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.” -Maulana Karenga, Founder
The Buffalo Kwanzaa Committee will host a 52nd Kwanzaa anniversary celebration this year December 26, 2018 thru January 1, 2019.
The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, is scheduled to deliver his yearly founder’s message entitled, “Reimagining and Remaking the World: A Kwanzaa Commitment to an Inclusive Good” on Sunday, December 30 at East High School 820 Northampton at 7 p.m. The evening will also feature an opening address by Lion Blyden, president of the UNIA-AC Buffalo Division #433, and a cultural presentation by the Daughters of Creative Sound.
Dr. Karenga is Professor and Chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach; the creator of Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles), Kawaida; and author of several books, including “Introduction to Black Studies.”
This year’s local theme is “Love, Make It Happen” is a compliment to the national 2018 theme. “Love provides the glue …the connection,” said Vonetta Rhodes, an amazingly talented poet and longtime Kwanzaa committee member.
“If we don’t have love for self, community and culture we won’t be able to have the commitment to accomplish anything.”
This year’s chairperson is Sam Radford.