African American Cultural Center of Long Beach Presents Kwanzaa Celebration

Written by on December 28, 2020

The African American Cultural Center, Long Beach will host a virtual Kwanzaa celebration on Tuesday, December 29th at 6:00 pm. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966, as a cultural holiday to honor ancient African harvest customs and celebrations. Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in Swahili. It is celebrated in America and around the world beginning December 26 and ending on January 1. This year’s event is the second annual celebration by the AACCLB, and will pay special tribute to Sakara Thomas Anderson, a local proponent of the holiday. She, along with Olufemi Viltz and Max Viltz of the African Study Group and Village Treasures, were the founding host of this local event.

“Kwanzaa is rooted in a foundation that is embedded deep in our culture and extended beyond the holiday season. I am proud AACCLB gets to share Kwanzaa with our Long Beach community and beyond.”says Tasha Hunter, Vice President of the AACCLB.

Kwanzaa holiday concept with decorate seven candles red, black and green, gift box, pumpkin, bowl and fruit on light blur bokeh background

Phaedra Allen, AACCLB Program Committee chair, says “This year’s celebration will be rich with dance, music, culture, significance, purpose and connection. Let’s celebrate our existence and our future together. This is how you end 2020!”

This year’s program will also feature Baba The Storyteller; and a Candle Lighting Ceremony.  

To register for this virtual event go online to; https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudeyqrjltE9zozNNMkr3QDDVvjMdgGUxS

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