Kwanzaa Workshop Series

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Kwanzaa Charlotte is honored to offer a two-part interactive Kwanzaa workshop series, designed for community education and discussion.

The family workshop is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kwanzaa Philosophy/History discussion will follow on Tuesday, December 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Celebrating Kwanzaa at Home” is the theme for the family workshop. It is designed for families who want to learn the origins, fundamental activities, the essential values and the seven basic symbols of this time-honored celebration of family, community and culture. Pronunciation of the Swahili terms and the creation of a Kwanzaa craft will be a part of this interactive program.
Facilitators: Terry Tiamd and Elisha Minter

“The Philosophy/History of Kwanzaa” is designed for high-school, college and adult participants. This lecture/discussion examines the cultural philosophy which is the basis of the seven-day Kwanzaa celebration that was created during the 60’s struggle for civil rights.
Facilitator: Tahirah Farrer-Bradley

Both events are free, and open to the public. The workshop facilitators are volunteers from Kwanzaa Charlotte, and have been active in developing and presenting Kwanzaa programs in Charlotte and surrounding communities for the past 32 years.

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration established in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. It is a seven day, non-heroic, non-religious and non-political celebration of family, community and culture.

Kwanzaa is based on African “first fruit” harvest celebrations. The Kiswahili language is used to express the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles), which have a particular and universal value in their call for thoughtful and practical applications 365 days of the year.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions throughout the world community. Dr. Karenga said, “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which is both particularly African and definitively human.”

The importance of Kwanzaa to African-Americans and the world community was recognized in October, 1997 by the US Postal Service with its release of an official Kwanzaa Stamp, followed by six subsequent releases.
Beatties Ford Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC
Start Time
11:00 am
End Time
1:00 pm