Kwanzaa Family Day
Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, 12-4 p.m.
Included with museum admission
Schedule of Events (events run 12-4 p.m. unless otherwise noted):
•Opening Ceremony & Libation with Beverly Cottman
• Storytelling with Auntie Beverly
12:45, 1:45 & 3 p.m.
• It’s (Still) Nation Time: spoken word, music and poetry inspired by the work of Maya Angelou and
Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) with J. Otis Powell, Douglas Ewart and Davu Seru
1 & 2 p.m.
• “Running on the Rails” film screening - Through interviews with local railroad workers and their descendants,this 20 minute documentary tells the St. Paul story and lasting legacy of the men and women who served as cooks, maids, dining car waiters, and sleeping car and red cap porters.
1 & 2 p.m.
• Sample treats from The Cookie Cart: Cookies with a Cause, a North Minneapolis job training program
1 p.m. (while supplies last)
• Performance with The New Quartet Jazz Ensemble
Featuring graduates of Walker West Music Academy and St. Paul Academy of Performing Artists
1:30 & 2:30 p.m.
• Cooking demonstration with Rose McGee
Learn how to make sweet potato comfort pie - the sacred dessert of Black culture
• Cooking demonstration with Chef James Baker of Elite Catering
Find out how to make African Togetherness Salad
• Tiyumba African Drum and Dance Company with Fatawu Sayibu
• Kwanzaa symbols & face painting with Phyllis Chatham
• African American Registry - play “Fishing the Registry” and learn about this educational organization
• Butterflies for Change with Shirley Jones of Plymouth Avenue Art Studio
Design, color and cut floating butterflies—symbols of peace and transformation
• African Mask Making Workshop with sculptor, Melvin R. Smith and painter, Rose J. Smith
Use cardboard, glue and imagination to make a small scale mask and “museum artifact”.
• “We’re All Cut From the Same Cloth” Quilt Square Workshop with artist and quilter, Cecile Lewis
• Photo display, “Kwanzaa: The Last Shrine,” by Bill Cottman
• African American Registry – Play “Fishing the Registry” and learn about this educational
• MNopedia - learn about the MNHS online encyclopedia--a free resource prepared by MNHS staff, historians, consulting experts, professional writers, and volunteers dedicated to sharing information about significant people, places, events, and things in Minnesota history.
• Xcel Energy – Connect with Efficiency game
• Survey station and raffle – enter to win a Kwanzaa gift basket that includes an MNHS family membership
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.