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Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Dusable Museum

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The DuSable Museum of African American History in collaboration with Bolozi Wazee/Shule Ya Watoto, Council of Elders presents the 2015 Kwanzaa Observance, which will occur on selected dates during the annual seven-day celebration. The theme of the 2015 Observance is Pamoja Tutashinde (Together We Will Win) and the event will take place at the Museum, which is located at 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.

Established in 1966 by Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa aims to reconnect Black America to their African roots and recognize their struggle as a people by building community. It is observed from December 26th through January 1st annually. Derived from the Swahili term, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first-fruits” Kwanzaa is based upon African harvest celebrations. Just as many African harvest celebrations run for seven days, Kwanzaa has seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. They are: umoja (unity); kujichagulia (self determination); ujima (collective work and responsibility); ujamaa (cooperative economics); nia (purpose); kuumba (creativity); and imani (faith).

Participants for the 2015 Kwanzaa Observance will include: Najwa Dance Corps, Mansong Kulubally, Prince Ravanna Bey and the Thunder Sky Drummers, Dr. Obari Cartman, Kamm Howard, Chavunduka, Useni Perkins, Val Grey Ward and Professor Timuel Black.

The days of observation and principles at the DuSable Museum are as follows:

Saturday, December 26, 2015             Noon – 1:30 PM         Umoja

Sunday, December 27, 2015               Noon – 1:30 PM         Kujichagulia

Tuesday, December 29, 2015             Noon – 1:30 PM         Ujima and Ujamaa

Wednesday, December 30, 2015        Noon – 1:30 PM         Nia, Kuumba and Imani

Admission to the Kwanzaa Celebration is FREE for all. Regular admission prices apply for visitors wishing to experience the Museum. Please call 773-947-0600, or visit for more information. The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous support of the Museum and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

About The DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country. Our mission is to collect, preserve and display artifacts and objects that promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or visit us at

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