2017 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration
December 26, 2017 through January 1, 2018
All Over San Francisco
There will be 16 free celebrations in 8 different neighborhoods with exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.
A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.
Tuesday, Dec. 26th: Umoja (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
- 12 Noon: SF City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda
Keynote Speaker: John Templeton
- 2 pm: Museum of the African Diaspora (free museum admission), 665 Mission Street at 3rd
The St. Gabriel’s BAND will perform at MOAD, bringing a New Orleans style processional to a carnival atmosphere, complementing MOAD’s current exhibits, “En Mas’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” along with “Otra Mas’, a photography exhibition honoring the long legacy of Carnaval San Francisco and its 40th Anniversary.
- 7 pm: African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street at Webster
Bernard Anderson will kick-off Umoja at the AAACC, 762 Fulton @ Webster. Join us for some west coast blues and enjoy a succulent feast. There will be spoken word, along with Les Bantus Sissa Kongo performing African dance & drumming.
Wednesday, Dec. 27th: Kujichagulia (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- 2 pm: Hamilton Rec Center/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner – Les Bantus Sissa Kongo,DNA Dance Tribe, Briana Franklin and The Village Dancers will perform.
- 6 pm: Bayview Y. 1601 Lane @ Revere – Spoken word, drumming and the lighting of the second candle of the kinara
Thursday, Dec. 28th: Ujima (collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together.
- 1 pm: Western Addition Senior Center/Western Addition Family Resource Center, 1390 Turk @ Fillmore – The Final Touch Band
- 4 pm: Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis – Lighting of the 3rd candle of the kinara
- 7 pm: RSSE, 1099 Sunnydale Avenue – The Silver Fox & Band will entertain with some r hythm & blues
Friday, Dec 29th: Ujamaa (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- 4 pm: OMI Family Resource Center/Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol @ Montana – performance by Star Funk Band.
- 6 pm: Success Center/Citizen Film, at the WestBay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy – performance by Fillmore SLIM
Saturday, Dec. 30th: Nia (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- 1 pm: Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough – performance by the Talent All Stars
- 3 pm: Mr. “C” will DJ at the Protrero Hill Rec. Center, 801 Arkansas. This Nia ceremony will be hosted by the Potrero Hill Family Resource Center.
- 6 pm: Mr. “C” will also spin records at , Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter, with a performance by the Prescott Circus
Sunday, Dec. 31st: Kuumba (creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- 1 pm:Bitezo will perform at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Theater, 100 Larkin Street.
- 4 pm: Third Baptist Church, 1366 McAllister @ Pierce – Music and spoken word by the youth
Monday, Jan. 1st: Imani (faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
- 6 pm: Tia Carroll will close this year’s celebration at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyon Street. We will light the last candle, Imani, (Faith). Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Chair of Africana Studies at San Francisco State, will again serve as MC.