Thanks for coming out to our 2012 event - we look forward to seeing you in 2013!
Kwanzaa Family Day
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, 12-4 p.m.
Kwanzaa is a seven day celebration of family, community, and culture. This year's event takes place on the fourth day of Kwanzaa and focuses on the fourth principle, Ujamaa, or “Cooperative Economics”- to build and maintain African American stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Meet business owners, artists and emerging entrepreneurs and be inspired by their work and their stories.
• 12:15 p.m.: Opening ceremony with Beverly Cottman
• 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.: Theatre presentations by History Player Toni Stone, the first female baseball player in the Negro Leagues
• 12-4 p.m.: Art activities with Shirley Jones, artist/educator/founder of Plymouth Avenue Art Studio
• 12-4 p.m.: Dollmaking demos with Phyllis Chatham
• 12-4 p.m.: Hairbraiding demos with Bukola Oriola of Bukola Braiding and Beauty Supply and Belinda Dossavi of Hair is II
• 12- 4 p.m.: Youth art display featuring Seakh Menheer, Khetasar Menheer and Retekh Menheer
• 12:30 p.m.: Cooking demo with Cynthia Johnson, Living Soul Cuisine Head Chef
• 1 and 2 p.m.: KMOJ Radio Financial Fitness show host Nneka Serwaa Morgan delivers a power-packed perspective for families and teens on money management with "Beyond The Bling - How to Get Your Money Right."
• 1, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.: Musical performances featuring Bruce Henry and Walker West Music Academy Jazz Ensemble (1 p.m.: Walker West; 2:30 p.m.: Walker West with Bruce Henry; 3:30 p.m: Bruce Henry Band)
•1-4 p.m.: The Cookie Cart: Cookies with a Cause - North Minneapolis job training program (samples while supplies last)
• 1:15, 1:45 and 2:15 p.m.: Storytelling and African folktales with Danielle Daniel
•1:30 p.m.: Black Urban Growers (BUG): Stories of aspiration, challenges and successes in the Twin Cities -
discussion and panel
• 2:45 p.m.: Cooking demo with Rose McGee, owner and chief baker for Deep Roots Gourmet Desserts
Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a cultural African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The holiday is based on seven basic values of African culture called the Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. The History Center's annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held on one of the 7 days of Kwanzaa in December, have featured music, African dance and drums, storytelling, fashion shows, craft activities and other activities.