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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. During Kwanzaa, each value is represented on a candle holder called a kinara, which are individually lit each night of the celebration.

Kujichagulia - Photo courtesy of Kwanzaa Charlotte

Celebrate all 7 Days of Kwanzaa in Charlotte at these local events hosted by Kwanzaa Charlotte:

Day 1: Umoja – For unity in the family, community, nation and race

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

Day 2: Kujichagulia – For self-determination

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

Day 3: Ujima - For collective work & responsibility

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

Day 4: Ujamaa - For supporting one another

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

Photo courtesy of Kwanzaa Charlotte

Day 5: Nia – For purpose and continuing to build the community

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

Day 6: Kuumba – For creativity

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

Day 7: Imani – For faith

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

Photo courtesy of Harvey B. Gantt Center

Bonus:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Presents: Kwanzaa for Community

Friday, December 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Beatties Ford Road Regional

Experience storytelling, dance and song while learning about the celebration of Kwanzaa. Get involved in discussions and leave inspired to begin your own Kwanzaa celebration after being introduced to the community building principles and symbols of the Kwanzaa celebration.

Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, December 28, 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.