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Kwanzaa: Celebrating Family, Community and Culture

  • The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art and Action 1662 Blue Rock Street #1a Cincinnati, OH 45223 (map)

Register for Tickets $5-$15.

Join Cincinnati neighbors from diverse backgrounds to celebrate Kwanzaa with food, song, and contemplative practices. Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor of Africana Studies. As a ritual, Kwanzaa is based on African harvest celebrations and it’s conceived as a seven-day cultural festival structured around seven core communitarian values called the Nguzo Saba. Each day of Kwanzaa is centered around one of the communitarian values which are Umoja (Unity); Kujichagulia (Self-Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity); and Imani (Faith). Kwanzaa begins December 26 and ends January 1, with a ritual feast called a Karamu.

The Hive is not a faith community or a community of one ethnic experience, neither are the hosts for this gathering from the same experience. We are an ad hoc group. This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental tenets of Kwanzaa. You will learn its origins, fundamental activities, essential values, symbols, and greetings. Family members are encouraged to attend together.

This group led event will be curated by Adam Clark. Adam is an Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University, is committed to the idea that theological education in the twenty first century must function as a counter-story. One that equips students to read against the grain of the dominant culture and inspires them to live into the Ignatian dictum of going forth “to set the world on fire.” He currently serves as co-chair of Black Theology Group at the American Academy of Religion, actively publishes in the area of black theology and black religion and participates in social justice groups at Xavier and in the Cincinnati area.