25th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Friday, December 28, 2019
Cary Arts Center
Doors open at 11:00am
American Black Power activist and secular humanist Maulana Karenga, also known as Ronald McKinley Everett, created Kwanzaa in 1966, as a specifically African American holiday, in a spirit comparable to Juneteenth. And for those that might not be aware we shared that Juneteenth is another holiday celebrated by African Americans as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.
Kwanzaa is Swahili, a divertive of ‘matunda ya kwanza’, meaning "first fruits of the harvest". However, the conservative version is simplified to two words, first fruits. Maulana chose the Swahili Language because of the relation Pan-Africanism which is the idea that peoples of African descent have common interests and should be unified.
In researching the history of Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/), we looked for the reason for it’s creation. We found that while its originator was African American and its creation was to bring African Americans together during a crisis, it was paramount to show that its ideology was beneficial to all peoples.
Karenga called Kwanzaa, "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world". However, the Ujima Group saw that the word African could easily be replaced with human and that message is what we wanted to replay.
The event is produced by the Town of Cary in partnership with The Ujima Group, Inc.
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