Kwanzaa Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

The African holiday celebration returns to the Charles H. Wright Museum in midtown Detroit, Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017.


For seven days people celebrate the rich African culture with the holiday Kwanzaa, and from Dec. 26, 2016 till Jan. 1 2017, 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. Monday, 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 is the celebration of independence and self-determination with Kujichagulia. Drummers, dancers, poets and singers will perform and encourage guests to “express themselves in their own unique way in their everyday lives,” the Wright’s website notes.

Participate on Wednesday, Dec. 28 in acknowledging Ujima, all about responsibility and collective work, and keeping the community together solving problems like family. Engage in a discussion about community and watch a performance with drums and dancing.

Ujamaa celebrates supporting businesses and cooperative economics. On Thursday, Dec. 29, take part in a community discussion about “empowerment through action.”

The fifth principle Nia is about purpose and Friday, Dec. 30 looks into the development of the community and acknowledging traditional greatness. Community performances and cultural presentations will mark the occasion.

Saturday, Dec. 31 brings in creativity with Kuumba. To celebrate, enjoy a series of performances at the museum.

The Kwanzaa Celebration event ends on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 with the seventh and final principle Imani, meaning faith. Start the year 2017 with students from The Freedom School at The Wright and “see through their eyes the hope, inspiration and faith they are bringing to the New Year.”

Admission is free and all of the events are open to the public. Times are as follows:

  • Dec. 26-30, 2016: 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 31, 2016: 5 p.m.
  • Jan. 1, 2017: 3 p.m.

For more details on Kwanzaa Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, visit the Metro Parent calendar.



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