2018 San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration
December 26, 2018 through January 1, 2019
All Over San Francisco
There will be 17 free events in 9 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 application and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.
This year’s celebration will start at City Hall on Dec. 26th at noon, with Umoja (Unity) and end at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 1st at 6 pm with the lighting of the final candle, Imani (faith).
Wednesday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda – dance performance by Briana J & Daktari, with keynote address by Dr. Maestro Curtis; 2:00 pm, Museum Of The African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street @ 3rd – performance by Daktari & The Medicine Dance Collective; 6:00 pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster – performance by Fillmore Slim
KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
Thursday, Dec. 27th: 1 pm Hamilton Rec/MoMagic, 1900 Geary @ Steiner, a performance by Project Level Dancers; 4:00 pm, RSSE, 1099 Sunnydale Ave, DJ Mr. C; 6:00 pm, Success Center/Citizen Film @ The Jazz Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore, performance by blues songstress Tia Carroll
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
Friday, Dec. 28th: 1:00 pm – Dr. George Davis Senior Center, 1753 Carroll Ave, a performance by the John Coltrane Church Band; 6:00 pm Bayview YMCA/Rafiki Coalition for Wellness & Health 1601 Lane @ Revere, a jazz performance by Raja
UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
Saturday, Dec 29th: 11:00 am, SF Library/MOAD (Visitation Valley Branch), 201 Leland Ave; 1:00 pm – Boys & Girls Club, 380 Fulton @ Gough; 3:00 pm – Booker T. Washington Community Center, 800 Presidio @ Sutter; 5:00 pm – OMI Family Resource Center/Minnie & Lovie, 650 Capitol Ave, performance by The West Coast Blues Society Blues Band
NIA (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness
Sunday, Dec. 30th: 1:00 pm – SF Main Library, 100 Larkins, a performance by Phavia Kujichagulia;
4:00 pm Third Baptist Church, a keynote address by Rev. Amos Brown
KUUMBA (creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it
Monday, Dec. 31st: 1:00 PM: Western Addition Family Resource/Western Addition Senior Center; performance by the Blues Ryders Band; 5:00 pm Potrero Hill Family Resource Center/Potrero Hill Rec Center, 801 Arkansas @23rd – DJ, MC
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
Tuesday, Jan. 1st: 6 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons, a performance by The Silver Fox Blues Band