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5 Enlightening Kwanzaa 2022 in Detroit Events Plus an Enormous Kinara

Kwanzaa starts on Monday December 26th and ends on Sunday January 1st. Celebrate Kwanzaa 2022 in Detroit with bigger and brighter events! Kick off the end of the year with the world’s largest Kinara coming to downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius as part of a brand new Kwanzaa event. Kwanzaa is celebrated in Detroit! The Motor City welcomes the seven-day celebration surrounded by modern and traditional treasures.

Detroitisit has compiled a community-focused list of annual events at Detroit’s Kwanzaa to unite the city in faith and fun. Kwanzaa is a traditional African American holiday. However, Detroit’s diversity is thriving and there’s always room to embrace something new!

kwanzaa day one umoja

PHOTO KWANZAA IDEAS / PINTEREST

A BRIEF HISTORY OF KWANZAA

What exactly is Kwanzaa? First of all, Kwanzaa derives from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. This African American holiday was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga founded to unite the community before the Watts Rebellion. Ways to celebrate: family reunion, song, dance, African drumming, storytelling, poetry reading and a big traditional meal. Each evening, a child lights one of the candles on the kinara (candlestick), then the family reflects on one of the seven principles.

MOTOR CITY KWANZAA KINARA LIGHTING

Motor City Kwanzaa Opening Ceremony and Kinara Illumination

OPENING CEREMONY OF MOTOR CITY KAWANZAA, PHOTO DOWNTOWN DETROIT PARTNERSHIP / DDP

Date and Time: The event begins at 3:00 p.m. on the first day of Kwanzaa (December 26) at Beacon Park

Kwanzaa in Detroit gets an upgrade! Prepare your eyes for the world’s largest Kinara. developed in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Alkebu-Ian Village, Councilman Scott Benson, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the City of Detroit. The 30-foot-tall Kinara will be unveiled December 26 at Campus Martius Park following a Kwanzaa celebration at Beacon Park.

The Motor City Kwanzaa Kinara will remain on display at Campus Martius Park for the entire seven-day Kwanzaa holiday through January 1, 2023. Be sure to visit this free, public exhibition! Click here for more information.

Lighthouse Park: 1901 Grand River Ave, Detroit

Campus Martius Park: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit

THE 2022 KWANZAA CELEBRATION AT THE WRIGHT

Date & Time: Thursday, December 29, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

Kwanzaa’s Detroit 2022 events are social and deeply story-driven. The community will gather in person to celebrate and honor Ujamaa. Ujamaa is the principle of the cooperative economy and Wright will celebrate and honor this principle with MUREC and Nanou Djiapo. A vendor marketplace will be held at 5:00 p.m. and the Kwanzaa program will begin at 6:00 p.m. Click here to learn more. There will also be a live stream if you can’t come in person.

Location: 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit

THE BLACK LEGACY COALITION PRESENTS: 7 DAYS KWANZAA

The Black Legacy presents the 7 Day Kwanzaa Detroit 2022

BLAC PRESENTS 7 DAYS KWANZAA, PHOTO NZINGHA MASANI-MANUEL / FACEBOOK

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. except on 1/1/23 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

The Black Legacy Coalition doesn’t skip a beat (or day) at the Kwanzaa celebrations. BLAC is a movement that builds Black Power by providing education and resources that uplift their communities. Here is a list of events hosted by various hosts, all taking place at Historic King Solomon Church.

  • Mon, 26.12. – hosted by The Shrine of the Black Madonna
  • Tuesday, 12/27 – Hosted by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
  • Wednesday, 12/28 – hosted by the Nsoroma Institute
  • Thu, 29.12. – hosted by Alnur African Dance
  • Friday, December 30th – organized by UNIA
  • Saturday, December 31st – hosted by NANOU DJIAPO
  • Sunday 1/1/23 – 3pm to 6pm – Hood Research

Location: Historic King Solomon Church – 6100 14th St. Detroit

Kwanzaa cooking with Mama Ragina in Detroit 2022

KWANZAA COOKING. PHOTO EVENTBRITE / FACEBOOK

KWANZAA COOKING WITH MAMA RAVIN REGINA

Date & Time: Thursday, December 22, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m

It wouldn’t be Kwanzaa in Detroit without soulful culinary exploration. This is your chance to learn more about the Kwanzaa holiday and cook up some delicious vegan dishes for the season, including black-eyed peas and veggies.

Location: Bridging Communities – 6900 McGraw Avenue, Detroit

PENNY PINCHERS KWANZAA PRENEURSHIP

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 28, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Penny Pinchers is a monthly financial education club for 8-12 year olds. This month, celebrate Ujamaa, the 4th principle of Kwanzaa, by supporting local businesses. Ujamaa is about collective economics, so you’ll dive into discussions about entrepreneurship and kwanzaa. You can also learn how to start your own business! Every community needs goods, services, financial support and regular communication.

Location: Detroit Main Library -5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

TRADITIONAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE PRESENTS “A KWANZAA NIGHT”

in the traditional jazz ensemble kwanzaa

IM TRADITION JAZZ ENSEMBLE, PHOTO @KARIMGIDEONMUSIC / FACEBOOK

Date & Time: Friday, December 30, 2022 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m

The Tradition Jazz Ensemble presents “A Kwanzaa Night”. This Kwanzaa celebration illuminates the fifth principle of Nia (Purpose) through listening to African music. Ticket prices start at $20.00

Location: Aretha’s Jazz Cafe -350 Madison Street. Click HERE to get tickets.

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