Community Alert: First Day of Kwanzaa: Umoja, December 26th



Bernard Anderson & Band performs on the first day of our 12th annual Kwanzaa Celebration African American Arts & Culture Complex Umoja (Unity) Dec. 26th, 7 pm

San Francisco will come alive with 16 Kwanzaa celebrations throughout the city.  Presented by the Village Project and many community partners, there will be seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st. Striving to unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, each of the seven principles (the Nguzo Saba) will be highlighted with the lighting of a candle, followed by a feast of succulent cuisines and a myriad of artistic performances.

Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. 4de40b7d-cfc4-4cdc-9e72-40325c34b687

December 26th

12 Noon: Derick Brown, Director,  Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Service (MONS),will  again host this year’s Umoja celebration at  City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B.  Goodlett Way. 


John Templeton, author and historian will serve as Keynote speaker, reflecting on unity and the history of African Americans in San Francisco. 


Sistah Imanah, will perform and share her thoughts & songs on Kwanzaa and Umoja. “Sometimes the light comes in your darkest hours”.


2 pm:  Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD), 685 Mission @ 3rd Streetotramas-slider-100

The St. Gabriel’s Brass Band  brings a Mardi Gras flavor to the  Museum of the African Diaspora on the 26th at 2 pm. They will complement MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” and “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its 40th Anniversary.


7 pm:  The African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster

Bernard Anderson will kick-off  the Umoja celebration at AAACC.  Join us for some soulful blues and enjoy a succulent feast!  There will be  African dance & drumming. Thefirst candle of the kinera will be lit.

Community Partners:

Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club of SF, Success Center, SF, Citizens Films, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  Western Addition Senior Center, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center,  African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The New Fillmore Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Bi-Rite Markets,  Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Meadow Livingstone School, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads, DNA Dace Tribe, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, DCYF, Cathedral Hill Plaza, RSSE, Booker T Washington Community Center, Western Addition Wellness Coalition, Rafiki Wellness Coalition, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University;  Kwanzaa is partially funded by the DCYF, Bayview Y, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Dept. of Public Health.  Special thanks to Nia Soul, John McCall, Lorraine Bowser, Delaine Irvin, Robert McLaughlin Rev. Eric Metoyer, Bishop Alfonso King & James Powell.

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