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Kwanzaa preparations underway for one of Buffalo's biggest celebrations yet

Posted at 12:36 AM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 11:59:41-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration that does not compete with any other religious holidays.

It is 7 days and starts December 6 and runs through January 1. See below for a schedule of the programs and where you can participate.

All programs will be from 7:00 – 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. Admission is free at all programs!

December 26-Wednesday
Umoja-Unity
Kwanzaa Dedication!!
Niagara Square at 12pm
Black Liberation Flag Raising

Evening Program
BUILD Academy; 340 Fougeron St.
Opening Ceremony
Tribute to the Ancestors & Elders
Traditionkeepers Storytellers
Access to A-Free-Ka
Art Display: The Kwanzaa Series
By, Ari Moore

December 27-Thursday
Kujichagulia-Self Determination
BUILD Academy; 340 Fougeron St.
An evening of electrifying performances by, African American Cultural Center

December 28-Friday
Ujima-Collective Work & Responsibility
LOCATION: Ujima Theater
429 Plymouth Avenue
Ujima in Action! A captivating evening of Arts, Entertainment, and Cultural Activism
Ujima in Action! A captivating evening of Arts, Entertainment, and Cultural Activism
**Saturday & Sunday
LOCATION: East High School
820 Northampton St.

December 29-Saturday
Ujamaa-Cooperative Economics

9:30a.m.-12p.m. @ William-Emslie YMCA; 585 William St, Buffalo, NY 14206
The Path of the Panther Kwanzaa
Children’s Kwanzaa
11a.m.-4p.m. @ East High School
Afrikan Cultural Education, Entertainment, & Art Activities & Storytelling
Youth Entrepreneur Marketplace
All children must be accompanied by an adult!

Evening Program 7-9p.m.
Opening Address: “Cannabis, Hemp, and the Afrikan in America Community”
By, Scheril Murray Powell, Esquire
Dub Poetry by, Ras Takura
Panel Discussion: Afrikan Family Wealth & Legacy: How we did it!

December 30-Sunday
Nia-Purpose
Opening Address by, Lion AkinDele Blyden- President, UNIA-ACL Buffalo Division #433
Daughters of Creative Sound
Keynote Speech by, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Founder of Kwanzaa

December 31-Monday
Kuumba-Creativity
LOCATION: CAO Alphonso Rafi Greene Masten Resource Center; 1423 Fillmore Ave.
Karamu Feast & Dance 6-9p.m.
*Free Potluck! Please bring a dish to share (no red meat, alcohol, pork)
Nia Soul Train by, Ras Muata

January 1-Tuesday
Imani-Faith
12:00-4:00p.m. LOCATION: CAO Alphonso Rafi Greene Masten Resource Center; 1423 Fillmore Ave.
Presentation: “Eye On History: 44 Years of Unapologetic Love of Self, Family, Community and Culture”
By, Queen Mother Eva M. Doyle

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