Kwanzaa Celebration

Posted January 12, 2006

The Martha's Vineyard NAACP and Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven invite everyone to a Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 6 to 9 pm at the church on Woodlawn Avenue in Vineyard Haven.

The evening will include a variety of activities including music, food, and lots of community spirit.

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday celebrating family, community, and culture. Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, in response to the Watts riots, to bring African-Americans together as a community. The name means first fruits in Swahili. Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven nights, Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. On each night families are encouraged to include songs, dances, stories, or poetry around a traditional meal. One candle is lit each night, preferably by a child, representing one of seven principals of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Bring a dish to share for the potluck supper, and join the Island community in a Kwanzaa Celebration.