The Kwanzaa Karamu
The founder of Kwanzaa shares how he celebrates a Kwanzaa feast.
Introductory remarks and recognition of distinguished guests and elders
Cultural expression through songs, music, dance, unity circles, etc.
Reflections offered by a man, a woman, and a child
Kuchunguza tena na kutoa ahadi tena (Reassessment and Recommitment)
Introduction of distinguished guest lecturer
Short talk by guest lecturer
Tamshi la tambiko (libation statement)
Kimombe cha umoja (unity cup)
Kuota majina (calling names of family ancestors and black heroes)
Tamshi ta tutaonana (Farewell Statement)
Dr. Maulana Karenga is creator of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba; professor and chair of the Department of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach; chair of The Organization Us and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO); author of the definitive book on Kwanzaa titled Kwanzaa, A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. For current information on Kwanzaa see: www.OfficialKwanzaaWebsite.org and for information on The Organization Us see: www.Us-Organization.org.
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