Kwanzaa S.F.


The Village Project & the Bayview Y Present:
Annual City Wide Kwanzaa Celebration
December 26, 2017 thru January 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – The Village Project will present their 12th annual Kwanzaa celebrations throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events, starting on Dec. 26ththrough January 1st.  Striving to heal, unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, we will celebrate each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba).  There will be 15 free events in 8 different neighborhoods. We are excited to add Booker T. Washington Community Center to this year’s schedule. 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.  This year’s celebration will start at City Hall on Dec. 26th at 12 Noon, with Umoja (Unity) and end at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 1st at 6 pm with the lighting of the final candle, Imani (faith). Tia Carroll and Band will performed following the ceremony.

This year’s entertainment line-up begins with the St. Gabriel’s Brass Band, at the Museum of the African Diaspora on the 26th at 2 pm. They will complement MOAD’s current exhibits,En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” and “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its 40thAnniversary”. The other headliners are a myriad of rhythm & blues bands such as Fillmore Slim, Final Touch Band, The Silver Fox, Funk Star and Tia Carroll; dancer artists-including The Village Dancers and the Talent All Stars/NDSD; spoken word artists; drumming, featuring Bitezo and Bantus Sissa Kongo;  all followed by a  feast of savory delights. Bernard Anderson and his blues band will round out our first day of Kwanzaa, performing at the African American Arts and Culture complex at 7 pm, where the first candle of the Kinara will be lit for Umoja (unity).


Kwanzaa, 2017 Schedule

UMOJA (unity):  To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race

Tuesday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda, Keynote:  John Templeton; 2 pm, Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street @ 3rd , performance by the St. Gabriel’s Brass Band; 7 pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street @ Webster, performance by Bernard Anderson & Band.

KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves

Wednesday, Dec. 27th:  2 pm, Hamilton Rec Center/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner, DJ Mr. “C” & performances by The Village Dancers; 6 pm, Bayview YMCA, 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

Thursday, Dec. 28th:  1 pm, Western Addition Senior Center/Western Addition Family Resource Center, 1390 Turk @ Fillmore, performance by the Final Touch Band; 4 pm, Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis, 7 pm, RSSE, 1099 Sunnydale Avenue, performance by the Silver Fox

UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together

Friday, Dec 29th:  4 pm:  OMI Family Resource Center/Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol @ Montana, performance by Star Funk Band; 6 pm, Success Center/Citizen Film, at the WestBay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy, performance by Fillmore SLIM

 NIA (purpose):  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness

Saturday, Dec. 30th: 1 pm, Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough, performance by Talent All Stars; 6 pm, Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter,  DJ Mr. “C”

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

Sunday, Dec. 31st: 1 pm, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street, performance by Bitezo; 4 pm, Third Baptist Church, 1366 McAllister @ Pierce

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

Monday, Jan. 1st:  6 pm, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons, performance by Tia Carroll

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.  

Village Project’s Community Partners:

Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Glide Memorial Church, Boys & Girls Club of SF, Success Center, SF, Citizens Films, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  Western Addition Senior, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center,  African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, San Francisco Travel, The Bayview Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Bi-Rite Markets,  Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, Meadow Livingstone School, KPOO Radio, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, The Village Dancers of the Crossroads, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services,  DCYF, Cathedral Hill Plaza, RSSE, Booker T Washington Community Center, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University

Kwanzaa is partially funded by the Bayview Y, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Dept. of Public Health

Help us to continue this important community celebration.
Please send donations to:
The Village Project
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA  94115


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