Kwanzaa, founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, is a weeklong Pan-African celebration observed in the United States. The celebration runs from December 26 – January 1 and is based on seven principles, also known as the Nguzo Saba.
- Umoja (Unity)
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
- Nia (Purpose)
- Kuumba (Creativity)
- Imani (Faith)
Here in Indy, there are family-friendly Kwanzaa events happening for everyone to enjoy!
Holiday Highlights at West Indianapolis – West Library – 1216 S. Kappes Street
December 21 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM
In the spirit of the season, families and individuals of all ages are invited for special programs about the various holidays celebrated at this time of year. Each program will feature a guest speaker discussing the holiday, along with a craft for kids and food.
Kwanzaa: Strength in Unity – Central Library – 40 E. St. Clair
December 26 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Join in the Kwanzaa Umoja Village Festival celebration with spoken word performances, African dancers and drummers, a Kinara lighting ceremony, Queen Mother procession, musical acts, children’s activities, cultural foods and assorted vendors.
Kwanzaa Celebration – Tube Factory Art Space – 1125 Cruft Street
December 30 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Uzuri and Bashiri Asad, part of the Artist Public Life program at Big Car, are organizing and hosting the event at Tube Factory.
Click here to learn more about Kwanzaa!