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7 Days of Kwanzaa in Charlotte

History and culture. Immerse yourself in the cultural celebration of African and African-American tradition during 7 Days of Kwanzaa in Charlotte.

Photo courtesy of Kwanzaa Charlotte

Centered on family, community and culture, Kwanzaa celebrations are built on the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles. The holiday lasts seven days starting December 26 with each day celebrating a different principle.

Day 1: Umoja – For unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Day 2: Kujichagulia – For self-determination.
Day 3: Ujima - For collective work & responsibility.
Day 4: Ujamaa - For supporting one another.
Day 5: Nia – For purpose and continuing to build the community.
Day 6: Kuumba – For creativity.
Day 7: Imani – For faith.

During Kwanzaa, each value is represented on a candle holder called a kinara, which are individually lit each night of the celebration. Here’s where you can learn more about and celebrate all 7 Days of Kwanzaa in Charlotte, hosted by Kwanzaa Charlotte:

Umoja - Photo courtesy of Kwanzaa Charlotte

Day 1: Umoja - Unity

Wednesday, December 26, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church

Day 2: Kujichagulia - Self-Determination

Thursday, December 27, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (Adjacent to Bruns Academy)

Day 3: Ujima - Collective Work & Responsibility

Friday, December 28, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
East Stonewall AME Zion Church

Kujichagulia - Photo courtesy of Kwanzaa Charlotte

Day 4 : Ujamaa - Cooperative Economics

Saturday, December 29, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Kamitic Life Center

Day 5: Nia - Purpose

Sunday, December 30, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Family Life Center

Day 6: Kuumba - Creativity

Monday, December 31, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church Family Life Center

Day 7: Imani - Faith

Tuesday, January 1, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church

Photo courtesy of Harvey B. Gantt Center

Bonus:

Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, December 29, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Harvey B. Gantt Center

Harvey B. Gantt Center is offering an immersive Kwanzaa experience. Participate in presentations looking back at the history of the holiday and create Kwanzaa keepsakes during a craft-making workshop. Experience cultural performances and shop with some of Charlotte’s businesses of color in their Museum store.