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Cincinnati Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration

December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Carl H Linder YMCA

Cincinnati Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration
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Photo provided by Cincinnati Citywide Kwanzaa Committee

Celebrate during a free 7-day Cincinnati citywide Kwanzaa celebration.

Habari Gani!  The annual Cincinnati citywide Kwanzaa celebration is back and will feature educational and historical presentations, along with uplifting live entertainment in dance, song and spoken word. Also, the event will include community awards and recognition.


The family-friendly celebrations will be held at various locations. Join the fun with children’s face painting and Kwanzaa arts and crafts workshops. Also, there will be a teen panel roundtable discussion on the principals of Kwanzaa. Enjoy West African drum and dance performances, African fashion, poetry, black art, music, and a wellness presentation.


Be sure to check out each location to ensure that you don’t miss any of the activities. Below is a listing of locations where activities will be held.

Day 1 – UMOJA (Unity)
Thursday, December 26
Carl H Lindner YMCA
1425 Linn Street
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free Entry
Host: Cincinnati Kwanzaa 365 Collective


Day 2 – KUJICHAGULIA (Self-determination)
Friday, December 27
Carl H Lindner YMCA
1425 Linn Street
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Host: Cincy Kwanzaa Central


Day 3 – UJIMA (Collective work & responsibility)
Saturday, December 28
Carl H Lindner YMCA
1425 Linn Street
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Host: Cincinnati Pan African Coalition and Conscious Mind Study Group


Day 4 – UJAMAA (Cooperative economics)
Sunday, December 29
Sweet Sistah Splash
1218 Sycamore Street
Noon – 6 p.m.
Host: Sweet Sistah Splash


Day 5 – NIA (Purpose)
Monday, December 30
Biokoto Cultural Center
5601 Montgomery Road
3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Body Temple Institute Of Wholistic Health


*Day 6 – KUUMBA (Creativity)
Tuesday, December 31
*Held at two locations
Avondale Public Library
3566 Reading Road
Noon – 3 p.m.

Gabriel’s Place
3618 Reading Road
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Host: Cincinnati Kwanzaa 365 Collective


Day 7 – KARAMU (The feast)
Wednesday, January 1
Midcity Executive Building
1821 Summit Road
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bring a covered food dish to share. RSVP your dish by calling 513-742-2808.
Host: Cincinnati Kwanzaa 365 Collective CPAC and Conscious Mind Study Group


Come out and enjoy these events with friends and family.

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