50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Celebration


Celebrate the holiday’s 50th anniversary and the Kwanzaa principle Nia ("Purpose"). Enjoy workshops, storytelling, and more. Sankofa Dance Theater performs African dancing and drumming. Sallah Jenkins leads holiday craft-making. Dr. Jeffrey Menzise of Morgan State University gives the keynote speech about the meaning of Nia.

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Schedule of Events

12:00pm - 4:15pmAfrican Marketplace
12:00pm - 4:00pmResource Center open. Research your family tree! Genealogy Sessions 1:30 and 2:30 pm
12:00pm - 4:00pmKwanzaa Crafts. Make a family tree booklet, beaded necklaces, and or Kwanzaa banners
12:30pm - 1:15pmProgram Commencement. Sankofa Dance Theater performs opening drum call and candle lighting ceremony and explains the meaning of Kwanzaa
1:30pm - 2:30pmWorkshops: Sankofa Dance Theater Percussion Workshop; Storytelling/Spoken Word Session; African Dancing/Gelee Headwrap Session; "The Black Candle" film screening
2:45pm - 3:15pmKeynote Talk "Finding Your Purpose (Nia)" by Dr. Jeffrey Menzise of Morgan State University
3:30pm - 4:15pmSankofa Dance Theater performs African dancing, drumming showcase, and 2nd candle lighting ceremony

African Marketplace Vendors
Blaque Diamond Enterprise: Author of the Stacey F series of children's books
Otis Calendars: calendars, figurines and art prints
Adelami Treasures: Black History Educational Workbooks
Africa United: African bags, clothing and cosmetic
Kujichagulia Press: Cultural Children’s Books
Love’s Pieces: Afrocentric stuffed animals, loveable rag dolls, Afrocentric Fanny packs
YBI African Apparel & Fashions
Sipho Fashions: African Print Skirts, accessories and jewelry
Earth’s Enrichment: organic Hair and skin care products
Angels For You: Collectible Angels and NFL Bears
Hand Bags IT’s In the Bag
Askia Printing: t-shirts and African Scarfs and Skirts
Regal Clothes: headwraps and Ankara, batik and tribal print clothing
Seaney Fine Art
Doors to Africa: African jewelry, clothing and hand bags
BAMI Products: hand crafted soaps, body butters, scrubs and salts
Prettyman Products Inc.: Art cards and Prints
Ethnicities LLC: cards, prints, totes, books
NSAA African Creations: home décor, African Clothes
Desserts at Jessica’s: cupcakes, pies, cookies and mini cakes
The PEACES Collective: Handbags, Capes and Accessories
Sheila Logan Designs: Handmade Sterling Silver, Brass Copper fabricated jewelry
Chriseerrines Accessories: hand crafted hats and mudclothes ponchos
The African Memory Game: Dolls and Board Games


Date and Time
Friday, December 30, 12:00 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1800
$5 Special Admission