Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture

Friday, Dec. 29 | 2–5pm

Celebrate family, community and culture while learning about the Kwanzaa tradition.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration meant to help African American families reconnect with their African roots and heritage that involves seven core priniciples. 

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • 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.


This year, the celebration at RMSC will focus on Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). Learn more about Kwanzaa and how it was celebrated in Rochester last year in this D&C article from Dec. 26, 2016, Rochester African-Americans celebrate Kwanzaa.


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