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Kwanzaa with The Wright!

December 6, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Welcome to our celebration of Kwanzaa! Each night, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will present songs and dances, storytelling, poetry reading, and more to mark the occasion. Be prepared to take in the festive sights and sounds of the holiday!

Participation details are forthcoming.


Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, as a way to unite the community following the Watts Rebellion. Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili.

Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. Each night, a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.


Although Kwanzaa is a traditionally African-American holiday, people from all walks of life are invited and encouraged to participate, then share what they've learned each day.