Kwanzaa begins Wednesday with celebration of unity

December 26, 2012 

A traditional Kwanzaa ceremony Wednesday night kicked off seven days of celebration with a drum circle, African dance, film, puppetry, live music and more at the Douglass Theatre. Here are more Kwanzaa events:

• 7 p.m. Thursday, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.: Kujichagulia, a youth night celebrating the principle of self-determination. The program will include instrumental solos, singing, breakdancing, hip-hop, poetry and martial arts.

• Friday: Ujima, a day of service and community outreach. Participants will demonstrate five areas of service community members should be doing every day: visiting jails, performing neighborhood cleanup at 10 a.m. on Pansy Avenue, completing a home improvement project for someone in need, visiting the elderly in nursing homes and feeding the hungry.

• Saturday: Ujamaa, economic unity day for black economic empowerment. People are urged to support black businesses,

• 5 p.m. Sunday: Nia, a night of purpose at the Tubman African American Museum, 340 Walnut St. Theme: “The Universal Connection.” Film, spoken word, live music, visual arts and featured poet Queen Sheba, $5 advance, $7 at door.

• 5 p.m. Monday: Community Karamu at Homeland Village, 2910 Napier Ave. This event will feature a feast of healthy food and drink, as well as the screening of a Bob Marley documentary. Everyone is asked to bring a healthy dish to share.

• Tuesday: Imani reflections, self-examination and reassessment with family.

For more information on Kwanzaa events, call 718-8067.

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