The Kwanzaa Ujima Collective is comprised of a broad spectrum of community organizations and institutions dedicated to the principle and practice of unity, and sharing the central Kwanzaa message of celebrating family, community and culture. It includes The African American Cultural Center (Us), The Brotherhood Crusade, I Choose Life, KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science, The Los Angeles Sentinel, the Organization Us, the California African American Museum and Zambezi Bazaar.
Monday, Dec. 26, 6 p.m.
Umoja (Unity) night candle-lighting ceremony and celebration. An in-gathering of the community with music, refreshments and wishes from community leaders and organizations to mark the beginning of Kwanzaa.
Location: California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Please bring clean, warm blankets and cl othing for the needy. Sponsored by Kwanzaa Ujima Collective. For more information, (323) 299-6124
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Kujichagulia (Self-determination) celebration. “What is the meaning of Leimert Park? Seven Questions.
Location: Zambezi Bazaar, 4334 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles. Sponsored by Zambezi Bazaar. For more information, (323) 299-6383.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 6 p.m.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility). “Sex, Good Cheer and Wise Choice: Making it Through the Holidays.”
Location: Blessed Family Covenant Church, 325 N. Hillcrest Blvd., Inglewood. Sponsored by: I Choose Life. For more information, (213) 509-5441.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). Real Black Thursday. Support Black business; shopping and sharing good in Leimert Park.
Location: Leimert Park–all day. Sponsored by: Kwanzaa Ujima Collective. For more information, (323) 299-6124.
Friday, Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Nia (Purpose). KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science in cooperation with the MAAT Institute for Community Change will provide an evening of recommitment and renewal to the aspirations and vision of our ancestors with music, song and good speech.
Location: KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science, 7825 S Western Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, (323) 759-7567.
Saturday, Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m.
The 45th annual Kwanzaa Karamu (feast). A festive evening in Africa with a feast of fine food and cultural expressions of dance, drumming, music and poetry. Other highlights of the evening include the annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, and the community Kwanzaa candle-lighting ceremony.
Location: Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. Sponsored by The Organization Us. For tickets and more information, (323) 299-6124
Sunday, Jan. 1
The Day of Meditation. A special day of remembrance, reflection and recommitment to our highest values as persons and a people–a quiet and peaceful time of turning inward.