December 31, 2012 |
As he placed a kinara on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia Saturday, Mlanjeni Nduma paused to correct a child confused by the wooden candleholder's resemblance to a menorah. "No, it's not Hanukkah. It's Kwanzaa," Nduma, who was leading a Kwanzaa celebration at the museum, told the boy. "People say that all the time. " Though Kwanzaa dates to the mid-1960s, the seven-day celebration of African American culture, heritage, and family born out of the black nationalist movement still is unfamiliar to many people, Nduma said.
January 7, 1990 |
As more than 200 people watched, 50 dancers from the Afro-One dance company leaped and bounded across the floor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in a dance to celebrate Kwanzaa, an Afro-American holiday. The spectators, mostly families, gathered at the Burlington City church on Dec. 29 to reflect on cooperative economics, the theme of the fourth day of the week-long celebration. "Kwanzaa is a unique and distinct holiday based on the celebration of the harvest and literally means first fruits," said Patricia Reid-Bookhart, founder and director of Afro-One, a Willingboro dance company, which hosted the celebration.
January 3, 2011
RE "Kwanzaa a nice idea, but it won't catch on": This is the most insulting and politically incorrect letter I've ever read. It appears the writer needs to take his own advice about education. His letter was inaccurate and disingenuous. The fact is that, in 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga, a male professor of black studies at California State University in Long Beach, Calif., created a nonpolitical and nonreligious celebration of African values. Kwanzaa is more than an idea, as the writer claims it is, about values and principles such as unity, community, self-sufficiency that need to be practiced all year round.
December 27, 1987 |
Broad Street yesterday looked like a painter's palette. The costumes were flowing with colors: reds, yellows, purples. Wind-blown banners stretched and contracted: reds, blacks, greens. They stroked the sky: an overcast gray. Philadelphia hung heavy with winter bluster and Philadelphians rested from yuletide joy, but in this part of North Philadelphia, the celebration was just beginning. The wail of a bagpipe cut the air, riding atop the rumble of the Broad Street Subway. For the more than 100 marchers parading up Broad Street through North Philadelphia, their fourth annual parade marked the beginning of the week-long Afro-American culture festival of Kwanzaa.
December 21, 1994 |
Kwanzaa, the cultural holiday that African-Americans have celebrated since 1966, begins Dec. 26 and lasts for seven days, concluding on New Year's Day. The holiday - which has come to be observed by people of African descent in other nations as well as America - was created by Maulana (Ron) Karenga, a professor of black studies at California State University College in Long Beach. Karenga envisioned a non-religious celebration of thanksgiving and sharing in which African-Americans from all faiths could participate.
December 20, 1995 |
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Kwanzaa, the nondenominational holiday during which many African-Americans celebrate their cultural roots. From Dec. 26 through New Year's Day, African-Americans seek to illuminate the past, present and future of a rich heritage, particularly as it applies to family and community. Kwanzaa translates from Swahili to "first fruits of the harvest. " Food plays an important role in the festival, which was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, chairman of black studies at California State University, Long Beach.
December 21, 2010
I ASKED A 17-year-old I know what he thought about Kwanzaa and he said, "That Jewish holiday?" Uh, no. Clearly, his high school hasn't embraced the multicultural thing and isn't teaching students about the 44-year-old Afrocentric holiday. But I don't knock his ignorance because the truth is that Kwanzaa has never caught on with the majority of black Americans. At the same time, though, it has grown in mainstream acceptance as evidenced by the Kwanzaa postal stamps and greeting cards.
December 21, 2007 |
Edith Lawrence-Hilliard is a community organizer and advocate in Madison, Wis. Kwanzaa is a celebration of life and a time for inclusion. The name, which comes from the Swahili word for first fruit, has come to symbolize Pan-African values of family, community and culture. Starting on Wednesday and lasting a week, Kwanzaa calls on us in the African American community to honor its seven basic principles for living: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, economic cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith.
January 6, 1991 |
Activities marking Kwanzaa, a celebration of African-American cultural heritage, are as festive as those of other holidays at this time of year. In Willingboro, they featured a presentation by Afro One - a dance, drama and musical group. The performance took place at the Willingboro VFW hall on Dec. 28, the third day of the seven-day holiday, which is patterned after a West African harvest festival.
December 26, 2006 |
I celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday that honors family, community and culture. My family and I have done so for years. But five years after Sept. 11, in this climate of religious and cultural intolerance in America, I can sympathize with Muslims here who feel like outsiders. Many white Americans are suspicious and fearful of Kwanzaa. Like other holidays that are celebrated predominantly by people of color - such as Ramadan, Juneteenth, Holi, Hispanic Heritage Month - Kwanzaa ought to be an opportunity for those who are unfamiliar with it to learn more.