Kwanzaa 2019: Celebrating Our African Culture

Pictured above is Dr. Maulana Karenga and his wife  and Professor  KaBa Hiawatha Kamene (inset).  Dr. Karenga and Professor Kamene are our two esteemed national speakers this year.

The Buffalo Kwanzaa Committee will  host a 53rd Kwanzaa anniversary celebration this year December 26, 2019 thru January 1, 2020.

“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, Kwanzaa Founder

 The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, is scheduled to deliver his yearly founder’s message Monday December 30 at East High School, 820 Northampton at 7 p.m.       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.”

On  Tuesday, December 31,    Dr. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene   will be presenting at Kwanzaa this year from 12 noon  to 3 p.m. at the Pratt Willert Center.  Kaba Hiawatha has starred in several critically acclaimed, documentaries such as Tariq Nasheed’s, Hidden Colors 1, 2, 3, 4,  A Pan African, African- Centered educator, consultant, administrator, staff developer and curriculum writer for over 40 years, he  has taught every grade level (Pre-K-12) in the New York City Department of Education for over 31 years. Kaba Hiawatha is the creator, Principal Facilitator and Chief Executive Officer of the African-Centered Science Academy, “Per Ankh (Temple/House of Life).” The Per Ankh is now a feature in the Kemetic Wisdom School at                                               You can get his free E-Course and study guide at 

     This year’s local theme is “The Afrikan Man, The Original Man In Full Effect!” Sister Akilah/Patricia A. Elliott is this year’s Buffalo Kwanzaa Chair.

THEME: “The Afrikan Man, The Original Man In Full Effect!” All programs will be from 7:00 – 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. Admission is free at all programs!

Lonnie B. Barrell

The Lonnie B. Harrell Afrikan  Marketplace is available every evening from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.  With an array of incredible vendors selling unique items, locally made, Imported Buy Black!!



December 26-Thursday

Umoja – Unity Kwanzaa Dedication!!

City Hall in Niagara Square at 12pm

Black Liberation Flag Raising 

Evening Program  Opening Ceremony

Tribute to the Ancestors & Elders

Traditionkeepers Black Storytellers of WNY 

Access to A-Free-Ka

BUILD Community School 340 Fougeron Street


December 27-Friday Kujichagulia-Self Determination

An evening of electrifying performances by, African 

American Cultural Center

BUILD Community School 340 Fougeron Street


December 28-Saturday Ujima-Collective Work &


Children’s Kwanzaa “I AM Afrikan First” Afrikan Cultural Education, & Art Activities & Storytelling 11am – 4pm 

Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace

East Community School 820 Northampton Street

<<All children must be accompanied by an adult!>>

Evening Program 

Ujima Theater

Ujima in Action!  A captivating evening of Arts, Entertainment, and Cultural Activism 

429 Plymouth Avenue


December 29-Sunday Ujamaa-Cooperative Economics

Evening Program 6-9:30p.m.

Black Chamber of Commerce Night

Opening Address: “The Black Man is The Original Man” by, Min. Dahveed Muhammad

Panel Discussion:  Afrikan Men in Business Legacy:  How we did it! How we Keep it! Bailey Avenue Business Association, Fillmore Avenue Business District, East End Business District, and Jefferson Avenue Business District.  

Moderator: Richard Cummings, President Black Chamber of Commerce

East Community School 820 Northampton Street


December 30-Monday


Keynote Address: Dr. Maulana Karenga 

*Health, Beauty, and Massage Therapy tables dedicated to our our brothers. (6-7:30p.m.)

NiaSoul Concert: For the Love of the Black Man! (8-9:30p.m.)

East Community School 820 Northampton Street


December 31-Tuesday


Karamu Feast & Dance!!! 6-9p.m.

*Free Potluck! Please bring a dish to share

(no red meat, alcohol, pork)

Nia Soul Train by, Ras Muata

CAO Pratt Willert Center 422 Pratt Street


January 1-Wednesday 

Imani-Faith    12:00-4:00p.m

Presentation: “Our Story: An Interactive Class/Presentation on Afrikan Men from the Motherland to Buffalo”

by  Queen Mother Eva M. Doyle

CAO Alphonso Rafi Greene  Center 

1423 Fillmore Avenue 


Daytime Celebrations and Communiversity Classes: 

December 26, 2019


Lion Blyden 

Marcus Garvey Way

CAO Rafi Center or Juneteenth Bldg (TBD)


December 27, 2019 

Noon – 2pm 

Ras Joma 

Farming While Black 

Juneteenth Bldg


December 28, 2019

Children’s Kwanzaa 11-4

Jessica Miller 

East Community School


December 29, 2019

Noon – 2pm 

Spiritual Sunday

Adegboyega Shamshideen

Yoruba Lessons

CAO Rafi Center 


December 30, 2019

Noon – 2pm 

Patricia A. Elliott

Repatriation Process to the Motherland 

CAO Rafi Center 


December 31, 2019

Noon – 3pm 

Dr. KaBa Hiawatha Kamene

CAO Pratt Willert Center 


January 1, 2020

Noon – 4pm 

Mother Eva Doyle

CAO Rafi Center