Kwanzaa S.F.


San Francisco will come alive with 15 Kwanzaa celebrations throughout the city. Presented by the Village Project and many community partners, there will be seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26, running through Jan. 1.

Striving to unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, each of the seven principles – the Nguzo Saba – will be highlighted with the lighting of a candle, followed by a feast of succulent cuisines and a myriad of artistic performances.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Village Project presents its 11th annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st.   Opening day takes place at the Museum of the Africa Diaspora at 12 Noon, with Alabama Mike performing and an exploration of the history of bay area blues. At the African American Arts & Culture Complex at 7 pm, The West Coast Blues Society is the headliner, with  more blues.  Striving to help heal our family, community and nation, each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba) will be highlighted.  There will be 15 free celebrations in 7 different neighborhoods.  This year, a celebration will again be held at the historical Jazz Heritage Center in the Fillmore at 1 pm., and at the new Bayview Opera House at 4 pm, both on Dec. 31st.  Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.  A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. There will be plenty of artistic performances, food and community connectedness. The closing celebration will take place at Third Baptist Church at 1 pm and again at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church at 6 pm on Sunday, Jan.1st, with the lighting of the last candle, Imani (faith).


 Kwanzaa 2016 Schedule

 UMOJA (unity):  To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.      Monday, Dec. 26th:  12 Noon – Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street @ 3rd; 7 pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street @ Webster

 KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.  Tuesday, Dec. 27th:   12 Noon  – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda; 2 pm, Hamilton Rec Center/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner; 6 pm, Bayview Y. 1601 Lane @ Revere

UJIMA (collective work and responsibility):  To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together. Wednesday, Dec. 28th: 1 pm, Western Addition Senior Center/Western Addition Family Resource Center, 1390 Turk @ Fillmore; 4:30, OMI Family Resource Center/IT Bookman, 446 Randolph @ Arch

UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. Thursday Dec 29th: 1 pm, Star King Elementary School, 1215 Carolina @ 25th; 5:00 pm SF Main Library, 100 Larkins

NIA (purpose):  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  Friday, Dec. 30th1 pm Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough; 4 pm – Glide Memorial, 330 Ellis

KUUMBA (creativity):  To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Saturday, Dec. 31st:  :  1 pm, Success Center, SF, Jazz Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore; ; 4 pm, Bay View Opera – Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, 4705 Third Street

IMANI (faith):  To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.  Sunday, Jan. 1st:  1:00 pm, Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister @ Pierce

 About Kwanzaa

 Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually by more than 30 million people worldwide, over seven days from December 26 to January 1. The values of Kwanzaa, Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), are critical tools for addressing the issues facing the African-American community.  Ceremonies will be led by Brotha’ Clint Sockwell and Malik Seneferu. There will be a candle lighting & pouring of libation ceremony, live entertainment & a feast at each event.  For more information visit:,

About the Village Project 

Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. She has revived the celebration of Kwanzaa throughout San Francisco, by connecting traditionally African American communities for this celebration. Ms. Williams is the recipient of this year’s Jefferson Award.

Adrian Williams, director of The Village Project, a non-profit, community based organization providing a safe haven for academic, cultural and enrichment activities for youth 6 to 17 and their families, and organizer of major events that bring the community together, can be reached at The Village Project, 2097 Turk St., San Francisco, CA 94115,, 415-424-2980 or


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