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Kwanzaa - A Celebration 
of Family, Community and Culture by Dr. Maulana Karenga
|| December 26 -- January 1 ||

Kwanzaa is a pan-African holiday which
celebrates family, community and culture
created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966

and celebrated from December 26--January 1.

Kwanzaa: A Brief Description

2019 | Annual Kwanzaa Theme

"Living Kwanzaa and
the Seven Principles:
An All-Seasons Celebration
and Practice of the Good"

Dr. Maulana Karenga


~~ 1966--2019 ~~
The 53rd Anniversary
Annual Founder's Kwanzaa Message

Dr. Maulana Karenga

_____Kwanzaa at the Center_____
Calendar of Events--December

Kwanzaa Karamu
Los Angeles, December 31, 2019
Review Announcement and Purchase Tickets


Available for Download the
2010 Founder's Message Video


The Founder's Welcome
Dr. Maulana Karenga


As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Given the profound significance Kwanzaa has for African Americans and indeed, the world African community, it is imperative that an authoritative source and site be made available to give an accurate and expansive account of its origins, concepts, values, symbols and practice.

Moreover, given the continued rapid growth of Kwanzaa and the parallel expanded discussion of it and related issues, an authoritative source which aids in both framing and informing the discussion is likewise of the greatest importance. Therefore, the central interest of this website is to provide information which reveals and reaffirms the integrity, beauty and expansive meaning of the holiday and thus aids in our approaching it with the depth of thought, dignity, and sense of specialness it deserves.

The holiday, then will of necessity, be engaged as an ancient and living cultural tradition which reflects the best of African thought and practice in its reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and our kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people's culture. It is within this understanding, then, that the Organization Us, the founding organization of Kwanzaa and the authoritative keeper of the tradition, has established and maintains this website.

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*Material on this site is summarized from:

Maulana Karenga (2008).
Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture
Los Angeles: University of Sankore Press


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