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Dr. Maulana Karenga,

KWANZAA Creator, Returns To Brooklyn, NY, December 29, 2019

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO) in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) will host a 53rd anniversary Kwanzaa celebration.


The creator of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana Karenga, will be present to deliver his yearly founder’s message, entitled,


Living Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles:

An All-Seasons Celebration and Practice of the Good

This event will take place on the fourth principle of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)


Sunday, December 29th, from 3:00 to 7:00, (Doors open at 3pm) at JHS 258, 141 Macon St, between Marcy and Tompkins Avenues, Brooklyn 11216, one block from Fulton St.

Admission is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children under 12.


Audio or Video recording is not allowed unless authorized

Cultural and musical presentations will be provided by S.O.N.W.A featuring Salima Rah, plus one of the area's outstanding African dance troupes, Asase Yaa Drum & Dance Theater.  These are artists who are admired for educating as well staying true to their mission to preserve music and dance as a Black aesthetic. 


Catering will be provided by Neighborhood Bakery.

Philly Annual Kwanzaa Celebration


Dr. Maulana Karenga


Saturday, December 28, 2019

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting Ceremony, Entertainment, African Market Place & Community Updates

West Philadelphia High School

49th Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA

Admission $10, Seniors $8, Children 12 yrs. & under $5


For more information contact:  Maisha 215-385-0214


in Conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival) &  KWANZAA NOW 

presents Community Education Programs

The African American holiday Kwanzaa, which celebrates family, community and culture, is a significant contribution to Black history and culture; however, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has excluded Kwanzaa, and by doing so they have revised and reduced Black history and culture.


The Kwanzaa Now Campaign is organizing and calling for a proper permanent Kwanzaa exhibit in the museum.

​How could Kwanzaa be omitted when it was created by an African American, practiced by millions over the last 53 years and recognized by the United States with White House proclamations each year? Also, the US Post Office honors the holiday by issuing Kwanzaa stamps each year. 

​Why Kwanzaa Deserves A Museum Exhibit

Kwanzaa’s fundamental purpose and practice should be honored and presented as a significant part of and contribution to African American history and culture in the museum, i.e. “Kwanzaa’s essential activities are about that which stresses, strengthens and celebrates family, community and culture.” This is done in five basic ways: “INGATHERING (unity) of the People; REVERENCE for the Creator and creation; COMMEMORATION of the Past; RECOMMITMENT to our highest ideals; and CELEBRATION of the good.

Why is KWANZAA Excluded From the

National Museum of African American HIstory & Culture?


Special Guest Speaker:
Wautella Ibn Yusuf


Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019

3pm - 5pm


Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza
IAAFestival Office, Suite 401

1360 Fulton Street

Brooklyn, NY

FREE ADMISSION / Donation requested

For Information Call:

718-789-3264 /

or email @


Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

1pm - 3pm


Uncle Bobbie's Bookstore

5445 Germantown Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19144

FREE ADMISSION / Donation requested

For Information Call:


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