For seven days people celebrate the rich African culture with the holiday Kwanzaa, and from Dec. 26, 2015 till Jan.1 2016, families have the opportunity to rejoice at the annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
A candle burns each day representing the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Saturday, Dec. 26 is the first principle Umoja, meaning to celebrate unity in families, communities, nations and races. At the museum, enjoy spoken word, poetry, performances and a traditional African drum and dance to demonstrate unity.
Sunday, Dec. 27 is the celebration of independence and self-determination with Kujichagulia. Join in on a traditional African naming ceremony and learn a few phrases in KiSwahili, which is an African language spoken in eastern and central Africa.
Participate on Monday, Dec. 28 in acknowledging Ujima, all about responsibility and collective work, and keeping the community together solving problems like family. Listen in the discussion about community. Watch a performance with drums and dancing.
Ujamaa celebrates supporting businesses and cooperative economics. On Tuesday, Dec. 29, get a “sneak peek into the world of Black beauty supply” and analyze how to keep money in businesses that profit from African American customers. Stick around for the Mane Event Hair Show and spoken word.
The fifth principle Nia is about purpose and Wednesday, Dec. 30 looks into the development of the community and acknowledging traditional greatness. Hear the sounds of Timbuktu Pharaoh Court and dance to Dance Fusion. Other performances include Mama Sol, Adeboye Adebengro and vocal sensation Renee.
Thursday, Dec. 31 brings in creativity with Kuumba. Enjoy concert style performances including spoken word artists PEACE & Kevlar, hip-hop group The Zoo and Alex Way.
The Kwanzaa Celebration event ends on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 with the seventh and final principle Imani, meaning faith. Start the year 2016 with a youth poetry jam, an adult poetry slam (6-9 p.m., $7 for general admission) and a new monthly series Mahogany at the Museum.
Admission is free and times are as follows:
- Dec. 26-31, 2015: 6 p.m.
- Jan. 1, 2016: 5 p.m.
For more details on Kwanzaa Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the Metro Parent calendar.