Africa International House, USA, Inc. (AIH) will host its Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace on Friday December 16th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday December 17th, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Harriet Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel Ave Chicago. The marketplace is free to the public.
The annual Pre-Kwanzaa Marketplace is the preferred destination for shopping with local and national artisans for unique, and eclectic handmade holiday gifts. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa, and how to observe the celebration with your family, including setting up a Kwanzaa table in your home, and enjoy Kwanzaa gift making workshops and video presentations about the practice.
Nearly 40 vendors, offering culturally significant items with cross-cultural appeal, will be a part of this year’s Marketplace. Items available for purchase include jewelry, fashion, hats, accessories, home decor, toys, dolls, cards, books, African art and collectibles, soap, Shea butter, and holiday ornaments.
Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration from December 26th – January 1st dedicated to introducing, and reinforcing, the seven basic values of African culture that contribute to building and strengthening family, community and culture. While Kwanzaa was created by African Americans in the United States it is recognized across the African Diaspora. Combined, Kwanzaa values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. The Seven Principles are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).
Africa International House, USA, Inc.
The mission of Africa International House (AIH) is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all people to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures. Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture.
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