Kwanzaa at Weathervane Playhouse

12/31/2013
12:00 AM
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Kwanzaa candles

Save the Date!
Celebrate Kwanzaa 2013 at Weathervane!

KwanzaaWhen: New Year's Eve — Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
For: A night to celebrate Kuumba — “Creativity”
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Weathervane Playhouse
1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron
Cost: Free!

 

Weathervane Playhouse — in conjunction with The Akron African-American Cultural Association and the Akron-Canton Association of Black Social Workers — will host a night to celebrate Kuumba (“Creativity”) on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.

ALL are invited to attend this free event!

Would you like more information about this event? Contact Jennifer Kay Jeter at 330-812-0101 or CLICK HERE to send her an e-mail!

WHAT IS KWANZAA?

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States (and more recently, Canada) but also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67. 

Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba — the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy," consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world."

These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:

Umoja (Unity) — To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)  To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)  To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)  To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose)  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

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.

Imani (Faith) To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa symbols include a decorative mat on which other symbols are placed, corn and other crops, a candle holder with seven candles, called a kinara, a communal cup for pouring libations, gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols were designed to convey the seven principles.

(CLICK HERE for the source of this information about Kwanzaa.)

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesdays—Fridays: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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