SAN FRANCISCO – This year’s Kwanzaa Celebration promises to be the best yet! The Village Project and our community partners will present their 14th annual Kwanzaa celebrations throughout San Francisco and Oakland, with seven days of community events, starting on Dec. 26th through January 1st. Striving to unite and strengthen our family, community and nation, we will celebrate each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba). There will be 17 free events in 9 different neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our 18th celebration will be held for the first time in the city of Oakland at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, where Tia Carroll will entertain with her soulful voice. We are also excited to have Bethel AME Church, Fellowship Manor Senior Center and St. Phillip Baptist Church hosting events this year. 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 again 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).
This year’s entertainment line-up includes Briana J’s Dance Troupe and The Village Project Kids performing at City Hall, with Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta as keynote speaker. The other headliners are a myriad of rhythm & blues and jazz performers, featuring Tia Carroll, Lady Bianca, David Hardiman & Band, Funkstar and African Guitarist Jessie Sahbi, just to name a few. There will also be spoken word artists and drumming, all followed by a feast of savory delights. Vendors, along with art, drumming and dance workshops will be available for both adults and children.
UMOJA (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race Thursday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda; 2 pm Museum Of The African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street @ 3rd; 7 pm, Westbay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy
*KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
Friday, Dec. 27th: 1:00 Western Addition Family Resource Center/Hamilton Rec, 1900 Geary @ Steiner: 4:00 pm, OMI Family Resource Center/Minnie & Lovie Rec, 650 Capitol Ave; 6 pm, Bayview YMCA/Rafiki Wellness Coalition, 1601 Lane
*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
Saturday, Dec. 28th: 1 pm – Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough; 3 pm -Booker T Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter; 6:00 pm – African Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster
*UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
Sunday Dec 29th: 10 am – Bethel AME Church, 916 Laguna St @ Golden Gate; 1 pm – Sf Main Library, 100 Larkins; 4 pm Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAlister @ Pierce; 7 pm: St. Phillip Baptist Church, 745 Velasco Ave,
*NIA (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
Monday, Dec. 30th: 1 pm – Dr. George Davis Senior Center, 1753 Carroll Ave – 3 pm: Fellowship Manor Senior Center, 1208 Golden Gate @ Webster; 6 pm – The Success Center/Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th Street, Oakland
*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
Tuesday, Dec. 31st: 1:00 PM: Western Addition Senior Center/MoMagic, 1390 Turk @ Fillmore
*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
Wednesday, Jan. 1st: 6 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons
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:
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 a Jefferson Awards recipient.
Bayview YMCA, Museum of The African Diaspora (MOAD), Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), Westbay Conference Center, Boys & Girls Club of SF, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The Success Center, SF, Western Addition Family Resource Center, Western Addition Senior Center, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center, African American Holistic Wellness Program, The Bayview Newspaper, The New Fillmore Newspaper, The Fillmore Auditorium, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Rec & Park, Bethel AME Church, Fellowship Manor, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, St. Phillip Baptist Church, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, Mayor’s Office of Economics & Workforce Development, Third Baptist Church, MoMagic, KPIX TV- Channel 5, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Bi-Rite Markets, Nia Soul Catering, Bill Graham Foundation, St. Mary’s of the Virgin, KPOO Radio, Dr. George E. Davis Senior Center, KBLX, KISS FM, KMEL, Bayview/Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, DCYF, Booker T Washington Community Center, Western Addition Wellness Coalition, Rafiki Wellness Coalition, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta and The Africana Studies Dept. @ S.F. State University; Kwanzaa is partially funded by the DCYF, Bayview Y, Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Dept. of Public Health. Special thanks to Nia Soul, Malik Seneferu, Clin Sockwell, Toni Battle and Mayor London Breed
Help us to continue this important community celebration. Please send donations to:
The Village Project
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94115