Philly African American Museum kicks off Kwanzaa festivities
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) kicks off its Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, and will continue into Sunday with arts, crafts and cultural rites.
“I’m hoping that people can come and enjoy themselves and learn the value of what Kwanzaa means,” Safa Robinson, the museum’s education coordinator, told KYW Newsradio on Friday.
Kwanzaa, a secular festival observed by many African Americans, begins its week-long observance this year on Saturday, Dec. 26 and ends on Friday, Jan. 1.
Through various activities like African drumming and candle lighting, the two-day event will highlight two main Kwanzaa principles: Umjoa, or unity, and Kujichagulia, which means self-determination.
Attendees can also catch two of AAMP’s exhibitions. “Audacious Freedom” traces the contributions of people of African descent between 1776 and 1876, the tumultuous century after the founding of the United States. Also on exhibition is “Africans in India: From Slaves to General Rulers,” which looks at the history of the Sidi people.
When: Saturday, Dec. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 27, noon-5 p.m.
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors
For more info, visit www.aampmuseum.org