Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration founded by Maulana Karenga and observed Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Each day is guided by one of the Seven Principles of the Nguzo Saba.
‘Black on Black Love’ theme for Mid-South Kwanzaa Inc.
Mid-South Kwanzaa Incorporated – directed by President and CEO Ayanna Ruby Payne – embraces Kwanzaa as a celebration of culture, community and family.
This year’s theme is “Black on Black Love.” Those designated for special honor are:
Kenya Bradshaw, children’s advocate (Umoja); Mable L. Williams, spiritual activist (Kujichagulia); Bro. Jamalo, community activist (Ujima); Bennie Nelson West, entrepreneur (Ujamaa); Min. Anthony Muhammad, community activist (Nia); Winford Bryant, inventor (Kuumba); the Rev. Alton Williams, spiritual activist (Imani); and Roberto and Rochelle Person and family, family of the year.
Day 1: UMOJA (Unity) – Monday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Board of Education Auditorium (Sponsored by MCS, Orange Mound Progressive Women; and 7 p.m. at Unity Christian Church at 3345 McCorkle Rd. (Sponsored by the Rev. Eric Donaldson).
Day 2: KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination) – Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 5 pm at Southwest Tennessee Community College-Auditorium, 737 Union Ave. (Sponsored by Levi and Debra Frazier); 7 p.m. at the Alpha Church, 1084 E. McLemore. (Sponsored by LeQuita Sims)
Day 3: UJIMA (Collective Work & Responsibility) –Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Slavehaven, 826 N. Second St. at 2 p.m. (Sponsored by Heritage Tours); 7 p.m. at Exum Towers, 3155 Sharpe Ave. (Sponsored by Reuben and Lula Barnes)
Day 4: UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) – Thursday, Dec. 29 at Lewis Center for Senior Citizens, 1188 N. Parkway at 10:30 a.m. (Sponsored by Adimu and Pearl Ali); am Economic Summit at The LeMoyne-Owen College, Student Lounge, 807 Walker Avenue at 4 p.m. (Sponsored by Ayodele Kofie)
Day 5: NIA (Purpose) – Friday, Dec. 30 at the Orange Mound Senior Service Center, 2590 Park Ave. at 10:30 a.m. (Sponsored by Trennie and Kiwayna Williams and Dr. Niambi Webster); Lester Community Center, 317 Tillman St at 7 p.m. (Sponsored by Osupa Williams, Frances Barnes & Tillman-Binghampton CDC).
Day 6: KUUMBA (Creativity) - Saturday, Dec. 31 at White’s Chapel Elementary School, 3966 Sewanee Road at 2 p.m. (Sponsored by Carolyn Crawford and Khepra); Java, Juice, & Jazz Restaurant, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd at 7 p.m. (Sponsored by Johari Brittenum)
Day 7: IMANI (Faith) – Sunday, Jan. 1 at the University of Memphis-Pan-Hellenic Building at 4 p.m. (Sponsored by the African & African American Studies Department).
‘Year of the Father’ celebration for Memphis Kwanzaa International
Memphis Kwanzaa International Inc., is ready for the 2011-12 Kwanzaa Cultural Celebrations!
Dr. Kaia Naantaanbuu-Jones, president of Memphis Kwanzaa International, notes that this year’s theme is “Year of the Father.”
Day 1: UMOJA (Unity) – Monday, Dec. 26 at The LeMoyne Owen College, 807 Walker Avenue, from Refreshments from 4 p.m.-5 p.m., with program to follow.
Day 2: KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination) – Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the Benjamin F. Hooks Public Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Refreshments from 4 p.m.-5 p.m., with program to follow.
Day 3: UJIMA (Collective Work & Responsibility) – Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Glenview Community Center, 1411Barksdale, Refreshments from 4 p.m.-5 p.m., with program to follow.
Day 4: UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) – Thursday, Dec. 29 at Memphis Botanic Gardens, 750 Cherry Road, Refreshments from 4 p.m.-5 p.m., with program to follow.
Day 5: NIA (Purpose) – Friday, Dec. 30 at McFarland Community Center, 4955 Cottonwood, Refreshments from 4 p.m.-5 p.m., with program to follow.
Day 6: KUUMBA (Creativity) – Saturday, Dec. 31 at The Links of Whitehaven, 750 East Holmes Rd. This day’s event is a Soiree and Fundraiser to help establish The Memphis Kwanzaa Health and Social Center that will offer free health services and job training classes. Food, fun and live entertainment from 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $50 (single), couples $75.
Day 7: IMANI (Faith) – Sunday, January 1, at The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Labor Center, 485 Beale St., refreshments from 2 p.m.-3 p.m., with program to follow.
(For more information, call 901-210-1218 or 901-239-1555.)