Kwanzaa means: first “fruits of the harvest,” it is a time to celebrate African -American people, our ancestors and our culture. We seek to honor our past, evaluate our present and commit ourselves to a more productive future. Millions of people of African heritage around the world, of all religions, faiths and backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa. Locations for this year’s celebration are as follows:
•UMOJA (Unity) Thu. December 26 Nathan Rochester School #3, 85 Adams St. 5-8 p.m.
•KUJICHAGULIA (Self Determination) Fri. December 27, RCTV 21 Gorham St. 11-3 p.m. Avenue Blackbox Theater 780 Joseph Ave. 5-9 p.m.
•UJIMA (Collective Work & Responsibility) Sat. December 28, Phillis Wheatley Library, 33 Mc Cree Way 10:30 – 1:30 p.m. Evening Affair WOC Art Collaborative HQ 215 Tremont Ave. 7-11 p.m.
•UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) Sun. December 29, WOC Art Collaborative HQ, 215 Tremont Ave. 1-4 p.m., Collecting Black Art MAG 500 University Ave. 5-8 p.m.
•NIA (Purpose) Mon. December 30 Gantt Rec Center, 700 North St. 3-6 p.m.
•KUUMBA (Creativity) Tue. December 31, Dr. Louis A. Cerulli #34, 530 Lexington Ave. 5-9 p.m.
•IMANI (Faith) January 1, 2020 Happy New Year! Celebrate at home with loved ones!
FIRST COMMUNITY INTERFAITH INSTITUTE INC.’s
FINAL WEEK OF KWANZAA
First Fruits at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will end with the beginning of Kwanzaa according to Dr. Maulana Karenga. Starting on Thursday, December 26, 2019 until December 31 at 6 p.m. every night, the Institute’s students, members and supporters will reflect on the first six principles of the Nguzo Saba (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose and creativity). First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.is located at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY.
The highlight of the seven day Kwanzaa observance will be the Kwanzaa Feast, to be held on January 1, 2020, 6 p.m., at the Tay House Lodge in Cobbs Hill Park, 85 Hillside Avenue, Rochester NY. The principle for the Kwanzaa Feast (karamu) is faith. All seven activities are free and open to the public.