Cequita Monique supplied the lead vocals for "Black on Black Love" during the celebration of Imani (faith), the seventh principle of Kwanzaa, on New Year's Day 2017. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/TSD Archives)

Celebrating family, community and culture will be the focus of the Kwanzaa celebration sponsored by Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc.

DAY 1: Umoja (Unity) Wed., Dec. 26

10 a.m. – Auction Block (Auction St. and Main St.)

2 p.m. – Board of Education Auditorium. Sponsored by Shelby County Schools Shape, Orange Mound Progressive Club & Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc.

7 p.m. –New Chicago Performing Arts Center, 1036 Firestone Ave. Sponsored by Dr. Carnita Amira Atwater and the Rev. Ronnie C. King.

DAY 2: Kujichagulia (Self-Determi- nation) Thu., Dec. 27

10 a.m. – Josephine K. Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway. Sponsored by Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc.

7 p.m. – Nappi by Nature Hair Co., 1247 Southbrook Mall. Sponsored by Heritage Tours.

DAY 3: Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) Fri., Dec. 28

10 a.m. – Orange Mound Senior Service Center, 2590 Park Ave. Sponsored by Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc.

6 p.m. – Exum Towers, 3155 Sharpe. Sponsored by Reuben and Lula Barnes.

DAY 4: Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) Sat., Dec. 29

7 p.m. – Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church, 3890 Millbranch Rd. Sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Earle J. Fisher and Ekpe Abioto.

DAY 5: Nia (Purpose) Saturday, Dec. 30

7 p.m. – Lester Community Center, 317 Tillman. Sponsored by Osupa Williams, Frances Barnes and Tillman-Binghampton CDC.

DAY 6: Kuumba (Creativity) Sun., Dec. 31

7 p.m. – Java Complex, 1423 Elvis Presley Blvd. Sponsored by Johari Brittenum.

DAY 7: Imani (Faith) Tues., Jan. 1, 2019

3 p.m. – New Chicago Performing Arts Center, 1036 Firestone Ave. Sponsored by Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc.

(For more information, contact Osupa Moon at 901-237-1705; email [email protected])

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