The Legacy Museum of African American History offered two opportunities for the public to learn about and plan for Kwanzaa, a craft workshop from 10:30-1:30 Saturday, December 10 and an Open House from 2:00 to 4:00 Sunday December 11. Both events were held at the Legacy Activity Center, 415 Monroe ST.. The were free and open to all.
Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of family, community, and culture that traces its origins to the first harvest festivals held throughout Africa. Its name is derived from the Swahili phrase for first fruits, ‘matunda ya kwanzaa’. It is celebrated through-out the African diaspora from December 26 through January 1.
Legacy celebrates Kwanzaa as part of its mission to stimulate an appreciation of the diversity of the African American experience.
At the craft workshop for children and families participants will learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa while they design and make Kwanzaa gifts using stamps of Ghanaian adinkra symbols. The Open House on Sunday December 11 will feature information, displays of home decorations, and refreshments. Special Kwanzaa wreaths will be sold to benefit the Museum. The Museum featuring the retrospective exhibit, “Celebrating Commuity! The Legacy Museum’s First Ten Years’ will also be open at those times.
For information and reservations for the workshop, call the Museum at 434-845-3455.