CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The day after Christmas is the first official day of the African Cultural Holiday Kwanzaa in the Lowcountry.
The holiday of Kwanzaa is a 7 days dedicated to a specific theme. The themes are direct pillars in the African culture: unity, self-determination, cooperative economics, collective works and responsibility, purpose, creativity, and faith. During the seven day celebration, Kwanzaa provides cultural, educational programs as well as entertainment for the entire Charleston community.
The Kwanzaa Committee has released a schedule of Kwanzaa events in Charleston County that include a Reclamation service, community parade, the Karamu (feast), Kurumba (creativity) arts and crafts for the youth.
This Kwanzaa season brings the "Passing of the Torch" Ceremony, an event to transition the next generation.
The series of Kwanzaa events is sponsored by various organizations and groups whose goals are to educate and bring awareness and assist in the understanding of Kwanzaa and the Kwanzaa principles for the entire Lowcountry.
The Charleston Lowcountry Kwanzaa Planning Committee is a Grassroots organization that has been observing the Kwanzaa Celebration locally for 36 years.
Scheduled events include:
Dec 26,2015 - UMOJA (Unity)
- 5 p.m. - Lighting of the Kinara sponsored by the City of Charleston at Marion Square
- 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Reclamation Service: “Passing the Torch” at Harvest Point Church of Christ at 4870 Piedmont Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406
Dec 27, 2015 - KUJICHAGULIA (Self Determination)
- 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Annual Multifaceted Kwanzaa Program Sponsored by the Ta Seti Dynasty at the YMCA 2085 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Dec 28, 2015 - UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility)
- 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Kwanzaa in Motion Sponsored by Black Starz Collective - Gethsemani Community Center 2449 Beach St North Charleston, SC 29405
Dec 29, 2015 - UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics)
- 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Kwanzaa Ceremony & Annual Community Parade Sponsored by CCPRC and St. Julian Devine Community Center Begins at Phillip Simmons (Mall) Park, Procession will end at St. Julian Devine Community Center
- 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Introduction of Entrepreneurs - Entertainment and Educational Programs accompanied with a feast at the St Julian Devine Community Center, 1 Cooper Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Dec 30, 2015 - NIA (Purpose)
- 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Celebrating in the Spirit of Nia, Sponsored by Tri County Black Nurses Association at the Author Christopher Community Center 2565 Fishburne Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Dec 31, 2015 - KUUMBA (Creativity)
- 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. - Kuumba Festival Sponsored by Black Starz and Mosquito Beach Associates at the D&F 1227 Mosquito Beach Road Charleston, SC 29412
Jan 1, 2016 - IMANI (Faith)
- 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. - Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony, Sankofa Burial Grounds at the corner of Folly Rd and Maybank Hwy
- 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Karamu (feast) African Drum and Dance Education and Various Performing Groups at the Ferndale Gym, 1919 Bolton St. North Charleston, SC 29406