Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from December 26 thru January 1, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.
And Sunday, December 26, 11:30 am – 12 pm, join St James’ Episcopal Church and the Union of Black Episcopalians – Myra McDaniel Chapter for the annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Participate in-person (masks required) or online (Zoom).
After another year of uncertainty and loss, your holiday season may continue to look different than it did in times past, but in this challenging moment, we have more reason than ever to be grateful for every season—and every day—we get to spend with the people who mean most to us.
We are grateful for you.
Whatever your holiday celebrations look like this year, we hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and warm, and we look forward to doing more good and vital work with you in 2022. Together we can make a difference in ourselves, our families, our community, our nation, and our world.
Wednesday, December 29, 4 pm to 8:30 PM
George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
1165 Angelina St.
Austin, TX 78702
Admission is free and open to the public. Bring the whole family to this intergenerational event!
Stop by the Freedom Schools booth outside from 4 pm to 6pm to make a free Kwanzaa craft. Shop and explore the Buy Black Vendors’ Outdoor Marketplace. Enter a drawing to win a copy of the book One Hen, a gift from CDF Freedom Schools Austin.
Then join us for the evening, from 7pm to 8:30 pm program inside Boyd Vance Theatre for the evening Kwanzaa program, featuring performances and Kwanzaa candle lighting, along with Freedom Schools cheers and chants along with a read aloud, featuring some of our Freedom Schools scholars and our guest reader Trina Robertson (Welcome Table, Inc. board member) reading One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway.
(This Freedom Schools event is supported in part by the Union of Black Episcopalians – Myra McDaniel chapter.)