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Kwanzaa Memphis (2012-13)

28KwanzaacoverDSC 3460-600Kwanzaa (or Kwaanza), which acknowledges, honors and salutes African-American heritage, is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. First observed Dec. 26, 1966 to Jan. 1, 1967, it's founder, Ron Karenga, has described it as the African-American branch of "first fruits" celebrations with classical African cultural roots.

The seven-day cultural celebration is anchored by the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba, with a focus on a different principle each day.

For 30-plus years, Memphis-area observances were spearheaded by the late Adjua Naantaanbuu, who encouraged celebrants to live out the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles of Kwanzaa) everyday.

Here is a list of the principles and the events scheduled to coincide with the daily observances:

Memphis Kwanzaa International, Inc.

Dr. Kaia Naantaanbuu, President

DAY 1:

UMOJA (Unity)

6 p.m.-until, Memphis Kwanzaa Center, 1549 Elvis Presley Blvd.,

Keynote speakers: "King: Omari Baruti, 19, junior at Morehouse College (Atlanta), "Queen" Amina Naantaanbuu, 17, freshman at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Day 2:

KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination)

5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Library.

Keynote speaker: Queen Shukriyyah Darboe. (Staff Snowden School)

DAY 3:

UJIMA (Collective Work & Responsibility)

Friday, Dec. 28

6 p.m.-until, Memphis Kwanzaa Center, 1549 Elvis Presley Blvd.,

Keynote speaker: Dr. Noel G. L. Hutchinson Jr.. pastor of First Baptist Lauderdale and host of the TV show "BLACK Thought."

DAY 4:

UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)

Saturday, Dec. 29

6 p.m.-until, Memphis Kwanzaa Center, 1549 Elvis Presley Blvd.,

Community speakers will commemorate, honor and install "Queen" Adjua Naantaanbuu, founder of Memphis Kwanzaa International (founded 36 years ago), into Memphis: The Community of Legends.

Tickets, $30, with a full dinner served.

DAY 5:

NIA (Purpose)

Sunday, Dec. 30

4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Dr. Martin Luther King Labor Center, 485 Beale St.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jeffrey Ryan Futrell from North Side High School will talk on "What is our purpose: Guns and Gods in a World Gone Mad."

DAY 6:

KUUMBA (Creativity)

Monday, Dec. 31

9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., West Tennessee State Penitentiary, 480 Green Chapel Rd., Henning, Tenn.

Keynote speaker: Dr Eddie Yancey, University Of Memphis; topic: "Creating a Positive Self in a Negative World."

DAY 7:

IMANI (Faith)

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

3 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Memphis Kwanzaa Center, 1549 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Keynote speaker: World's Redeemer Pastor Jerry L. Ivery Sr., who will be the "King" for the day, will speak on this topic: "What Happened to the People of Faith?"

NOTES:

* For more information, call 901-239-1555 or 901-210-1218.

* Most nights include free refreshment.

Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc.

Ayanna Ruby Payne, President

DAY 1:

UMOJA (Unity)

2 p.m., Memphis Board of Education Auditorium on Avery. Sponsored by Memphis City Schools and the Orange Mound Progressive Women, Firm Believers in Christ Worship Center – Dr. Eric & Cynthia Boyland.

7 p.m., Unity Christian Church, 3345 McCorkle Rd. Sponsored by the Rev. Eric Donaldson.

Day 2:

KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination)

10:30 a.m., Lewis Center for Senior Citizens, 1188 N. Parkway.

Sponsored by Adimu and Pearl Ali

5 p.m., The Rhythm of Kwanzaa –Victory University, 255 N. Highland Street.

Sponsored by the Blues City Cultural Center (Levi and Debra Frazier).

7 p.m., Matthew R. David Resource Center, 1036 Firestone.

Sponsored by LeQuita and Willie Eva Sims

DAY 3:

UJIMA (Collective Work & Responsibility)

Friday, Dec. 28

10:30 a.m., Orange Mound Senior Service Center, 2590 Park Ave.

Sponsored by Carolyn Crawford and Frances Barnes.

5 p.m., Brown Missionary Baptist Church, 980 Stateline Road E.

Sponsored by Dr. Bobbie Shaw.

7 p.m., Exum Towers, 3155 Sharpe Ave.

Sponsored by Reuben and Lula Barnes

DAY 4:

UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)

Saturday, Dec. 29

2 p.m., Slavehaven, 826 N. 2nd St.

Sponsored by Heritage Tours

5 p.m., Economic Summit, The LeMoyne-Owen College, Student Lounge,

807 Walker Ave.

Sponsored by Ayodele Kofie.

DAY 5:

NIA (Purpose)

Sunday, Dec. 30

3 p.m., Kwanzaa Pageant Vendors Market; 4:30 p.m., Kwanzaa Pageant, Southwest Tennessee Community College auditorium, 737 Union Ave.

Tickets: $5 in advance; $7, door.

Sponsored by RBG Productions.

7 p.m., Lester Community Center, 317 Tillman St.

Sponsored by Osupa Williams, Frances Barnes and the Tillman-Binghampton CDC.

DAY 6:

KUUMBA (Creativity)

Monday, Dec. 31

7 p.m., Java, Juice, & Jazz Restaurant, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Sponsored by Johari Brittenum

DAY 7:

IMANI (Faith)

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

4 p.m., University of Memphis Panhellenic Bldg.

Sponsored by the African and African American Studies Department and Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks.

HONOREES

Umoja (Unity): Reginald Porter; Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): Rev. Dr. Eric Boyland; Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility): Joyce Parkinson; Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): Dr. Carnita Atwater; Nia (Purpose): Dr. Jeffery Ryan Futrell; Kuumba (Creativity): Dr. Helen Harper; Imani (Faith): Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath; Family of the Year: Elliott and Tracey Barnes & Family.

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0 #1 Pinkie Greer 2012-12-28 17:18
During this celebration, I pray that something is said or done to reach the unreachable, who has lost sight of their idenity.If you can add one more person, that's beginning of process for our so-called lost village of people.
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