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Celebrate Kwanzaa at the DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History in collaboration with Bolozi Wazee/Shule Ya Watoto will present the 2016 Kwanzaa Celebration, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 from 12:00 Noon until 2:30 PM. The event will take place at the Museum, 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 2016 Kwanzaa Celebration will include: Thunder Sky Drummers, the crowd-pleasing Najwa Dance Corps, Amen Rah, award-winning vocalist Maggie Brown and more.

Admission to the 2016 Kwanzaa Celebration is FREE for all. Regular admission prices apply for visitors wishing to experience the Museum. Contact the museum at 773-947-0600, or visit for more information.

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 promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achieve- ments, contributions and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art. The DuSable Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. For more information on the Museum and its programs, please call (773) 947-0600 or visit us at

The DuSable Museum of African American History gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s partnership and also thanks United Airlines, the official airline of the DuSable Museum for its support.



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