Kwanzaa Day 1 celebration of the principle Umoja (Unity) at the New Chicago Performing Arts Center, 1036 Firestone. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

The 2018-19 celebration of Kwanzaa got underway on Wednesday. Built around the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba, the first day’s focus was Umoja (Unity).

There were multiple Mid-South Kwanzaa, Inc. observances. An afternoon celebration at the Board of Education was sponsored along with Shelby County Schools Shape and Orange Mound Progressive Club.

Pearl Walker captured this video of Ekpe Abioto.

Mid-South Kwanzaa Day One Umoja-UnityKwanzaa Day 1, with Ekpe Abioto

Posted by Pearl Walker on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Dr. Carnita Amira Atwater and the Rev. Ronnie C. King sponsored an evening gathering at New Chicago Performing Arts Center, 1036 Firestone Ave.

Celebrating family, community and culture, the Kwanzaa celebration continues with this schedule:

DAY 2: Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) 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) Sunday, Dec. 30

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

DAY 6: Kuumba (Creativity) Monday, 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 cloyzellewilliams@yahoo.com.)


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