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KwanzaaCelebrate Kwanzaa

You are invited to learn about and celebrate Kwanzaa. Each location will feature a performer and light refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 26, 2 p.m. - Umoja (Unity)
Pauline-Robinson Branch Library

Thursday, December 26, 6 p.m. - Umoja (Unity)
Bear Valley Branch Library

Friday, December 27, 2 p.m. - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Ford-Warren Branch Library

Saturday, December 28, 3 p.m. - Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Green Valley Ranch Branch

Monday, December 30, 2 p.m. - Nia (Purpose)
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Tuesday, December 31, 11 a.m. - Kuumba (Creativity)
Schlessman Family Branch Library

About Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that celebrates Family, Community and Culture. The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning "first fruits." Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends with a communal feast called the Karamu on January 1. Each of the seven days represents one of the seven principles based on community and individualism:

  • Umoja - Unity
  • Kujichagulia - Self-Determination
  • Ujima - Collective Work and Responsibility
  • Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics
  • Nia - Purpose
  • Kuumba - Creativity
  • Imani - Faith

Browse our catalog for Kwanzaa books, movies and music.

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