Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, will speak at the fifth night of Buffalo’s annual celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.
Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world to bring attention to the best of what it means to be African.
The seven-day event stresses the dignity of people in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and the rich resource and meaning of a people’s culture.
Kwanzaa kicked off Friday evening with an opening ceremony at Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts. The theme of that program was Umoja, or unity.
Each day has a different theme. Here is the schedule:
Kujichagulia, or self-determination, is the theme for Saturday.
It will include Children’s Kwanzaa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CRUCIAL Center, 230 Moselle Ave., with educational activities, storytelling, the Marcus Garvey Math and Science Expo and a spiritual dance presentation.
The evening program, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Buffalo Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, 450 Masten Ave., will include performances by the African American Cultural Center.
Sunday’s theme is Ujima, or collective work and responsibility. It begins with a spiritual empowerment session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CRUCIAL Center.
At 7 p.m., Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin will be the keynote speaker, and there will be a jazz performance at New Covenant Church, 459 Clinton St.
On Monday, for Ujamaa, or cooperative economics, the 7 p.m. program shifts to the Merriweather Library for a tribute to Lumen Ross. Dorie Miller is the presenter, and Pam Afrika will be the keynote speaker.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the library, the program titled Nia, or purpose, will include Karenga’s talk and a performance by Daughters of Creative Sound.
The subject of Wednesday’s 6 p.m. program at the CRUCIAL Center is Kuumba, or creativity. There will be a Karamu feast and community open mic. Those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to share but no red meat, alcohol or pork.
The final day, Thursday, is dedicated to Imani, or faith. Events, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Ave., will include Eva Doyle discussing “The Historic March to Selma, Ala. in 1965 for Voting Rights.”