Monday, December 17, 2012
Celebrate Kwanzaa with these scheduled events around Dallas
Kwanzaa begins December 26 and runs through January 1.
DALLAS As Kwanzaa approaches, there are several ways North Texans can celebrate. Check out one of these events events happening around DFW.
4 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 Griot Storyteller, Afi Bell, will share Kwanzaa stories, songs, drumming, dance, arts and crafts. Join the celebration at Nash Davis Recreation Center, 3710 N. Hampton Road. Call 214-374-1192.
3 p.m. Sunday, December 23 – Theme “We Love Mama Africa” - Storytelling, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Kwanzaa presentation, Poetry, Kwanzaa songs, Food and Guest Speakers - Pan African Connection 828 Fourth St. Call 214-943-8262.
Wednesday, December 26
Umoja (oo-MO E-jah) Unity: to strive for a principled and harmonious togetherness in the family, community, nation and race -- UNITY
10:30 a.m. Griot Storyteller Afi Bell will share Kwanzaa stories, songs, drumming, dance, arts and crafts. Join the celebration at Bookmarks Library at North Park Mall. 8687 N. Central Expressway #1314, Dallas TX. Call 214-374-1192.
6 p.m. The Forever Forward Youth Movement celebrates with “A Salute to Greatness: A Conversation with Our Elders.” Park Manor Senior Housing, 3333 Edgewood Dallas. African ritual, drumming, and the elders will share their life experiences. Call 214-942-0117.
7 p.m. “Africans Get Organized” - Inviting all progressive organizations to come together to discuss how we can collective work together for the Unity, Liberation, Africa, and working class people around the world. Pan-African Connection Bookstore, 828 Fourth Street. Call 214-943-8262.
Thursday, December 27
Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) Self Determination: to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
7 p.m. Concerned Citizens of DeSoto celebrates with a program of dancing, cultural presentations and the Kwanzaa ceremony. Please bring canned goods for their food pantry. A communal dinner will be served. DeSoto Civic Center - Hampton & Pleasant Run, DeSoto. Call 972-298-6001 or email email@example.com.
3 p.m. “Kirikou and the Sorceress,” a children’s traditional animated feature film drawn from West African folk tales, depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village. Pan-African Connection Bookstore, 828 Fourth Street. Call 214-943-8262.
Friday, December 28
Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) Collective Work & Responsibility: to build and maintain our community together and to make our Brother’s and Sister’s problems, our problems and to solve them together
12 p.m. The Griot Storyteller will host a Ujima workshop on how to practice the principle daily by recognizing and respecting that without collective work and struggle, progress is impossible and liberation unthinkable at White Rock Library, 9150 Ferguson Road. Call 214-374-1174.
7 p.m. “A Tribute to Freedom Fighter Paul Robeson.” A discussion and viewing of the documentary The Tallest Tree in Our Forrest. Paul Robeson was a genius who gave his heart and soul to the people. Community activists, labor organizers and human rights workers will share their insight and wisdom - Pan-African Connection Bookstore, 828 Fourth Street. Call 214-943-8262.
Saturday, December 29
Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative Economics: to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them
5-7 p.m. “Ujamaa Networking Session” Inviting all small non-profits and for profit businesses to come together to share how we can collectively build and sustain businesses in our community in these harsh economic times. Pan-African Connection Bookstore, 828 Fourth Street, South Dallas. Call 214-943-8262.
7 p.m. NCOBRA presents a discussion on “Why are African Descendants Entitled to Reparations?" The Trans-Atlantic Slave “Trade” and chattel slavery, more appropriately called the African Holocaust, was a crime against humanity. Millions of Africans throughout the Diaspora were brutalized, murdered and kidnapped from their communities in Africa. Chattel slavery lasted officially from 1619 to 1865. Pan-African Connection Bookstore. 828 Fourth Street. Call 214-943-8262.
Sunday, December 30
Nia (nee-AH) Purpose: to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
2 p.m. St Luke’s “Community” United Methodist Church, 5710 East R L Thornton, celebrates creativity with a program of drumming, dancing, and the Kwanzaa ceremony. Contact Paula Watkins at 214-926-0173 for more details.
7 p.m. “Culture as a Weapon In our Struggle: Music and Revolution” Come share with us how music can be used as a tool for our liberation. Special guest artists and young adults in the hip-hop business and various arts genres will discuss how to transform and organize our society through the cultural arts. Guests TBA. Pan-African Connection Bookstore, 828 Fourth Street. Call 214-943-8262.
Monday, December 31
Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity: to do always as much as we can in the way that we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it
3 p.m. “Salute to African Women.” A short film on Amy Ashwood Garvey and presentation on Amy Jacques Garvey – two Pan-African women who were organizers in the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League — both were the wives of the Back to Africa Movement Leader Marcus Mosiah Garvey. We will salute the women in our personal families and histories. Please bring pictures and stories of strong women (big mamas, play mamas, aunties, Sunday school teachers, educators, and neighbors, etc.) to honor their example and sacrifice they made for family and community. Pan-African Connection, 828 Fourth Street. 214-943-8262.
5 p.m. “Creating Our Future.” The South Dallas Cultural Center will celebrate with the Pan-African Connection Bookstore at the store – 828 Fourth Street. Our youth will share their musical, literary and dance talents. Bring a dish for the Karamu Feast that will follow. Call Akwete at 214-943-8262 or Vicki Meek at 214-670-0315.
7 p.m. Join us for the “Kwanzaa Ancestral Masquerade Ball.” Please come dressed as your favorite African/African American historical person or personality. African Market will be open. Please bring a dish to share. (No pork.) The Act of Change is located at 3200 South Lancaster, Ste. 623. Call Esudele at 214-500-7747, Afi at 214-374-1192/214-434-8009, or ISIS at 214-329-3820.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Faith: to believe, with all our heart, in our Creator, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle
No public programs scheduled. Celebrate at home with the “Day of Assessment and Meditation.”
Historically January 1 has been for African people a time of sober assessment of things done and things to do, of self-reflection and reflection on the life and future of our people and recommitment to their highest cultural values in a special way. Kwanzaa is based upon the premise of Kawaida: “that social revolutionary change for Black America can be achieved by the act of revealing and disclosing individuals to their African cultural heritage.” Each year, on January 1, Dr. Karenga suggests that we ask ourselves the three (3) Kawaida questions, originally posed by Frantz Fanon, author of Wretched of the Earth.
1. Who am I? “To answer the question correctly is to know and live one’s history and to practice one’s culture.”
2. Am I really all I say I am? To answer we must employ cultural criteria of authenticity, i.e., criteria of what is real and unreal, what is appearance and essence, what is culturally-rooted and foreign.
3. Am I all I ought to be? “To answer the question is to self-consciously possess and use ethical and cultural standards which measure men, women and children in terms of the quality of their thought and practice in the context of who they are and must become – as African people, creators of civilization.”
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