Kwanzaa is a 7 - day celebration that honors community, family and heritage of African American culture and African traditions. Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili word that means “first harvest” and is based on the principles of Nguzo Saba. Ohio History Connection and TAWI Family Village will present two evenings of Kwanzaa that will feature African drumming, music, dance, storytelling and hands on art activities.
The events at the Ohio History Center with be part of events that are taking place throughout the community. Please reference the list below to see the other event nights. Activities at the Ohio History Center will only be held on December 26th and December 31st.
Dec. 26 – First day of Kwanzaa at the Ohio History Center in partnership with Tawi Family Village. Umoja (unity) is the day’sprinciple.
Dec. 27 – Urban String Columbus, led by Catherine Willis, will host a concert with Urban Strings alumni as guest musicians from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Kujichagulia (self-determination) is the day’s principle.
Dec. 28 – Hosted by the Broad Street Presbyterian Church and presented by the James Preston Poindexter Foundation from 4:30 p.m. - 7: 30 p.m. Ujima (collective work and responsibility) is the day’s principle.
Dec. 29 – Hosted by the King Arts Complex and presented by the King Arts Complex and Lincoln Theater from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Ujamaa (cooperative economics) is the day’s principle.
Dec. 30 – No host; families are encouraged to gather at home. The day’s principle is Nia (purpose).
Dec. 31 – Hosted by the Ohio History Center from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. The day’s principle is Kuumba (creativity).
Jan. 1 - No host; families are encouraged to gather at home. The day’s principle is Imani (faith).