Updated: Dec 27, 2021
The African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley (AAHCMSJV) invites the public to celebrate Kwanzaa starting December 26 thru. Jan. 1. The week-long celebration of African-American heritage and culture through family and community festivities begins the day after Christmas on that Sunday. Doors open at 6 PM Dec. 26-30, 12 PM Dec. 31, and 2 PM Jan. 1. You can also watch online on our Facebook page here.
The seven Kwanzaa principles include – Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani. And in the spirit of the season, we reflect on the blessings of the past year and commit to building a brighter future for all our children.
Events will be held in the museum's main gallery, located at 1857 Fulton St., Fresno, CA 93721. Children are definitely welcome, as there are also separate activities for them on some of the days. Please note that masks will be required to enter the facility, abiding by California's indoor mask mandate.
Here is the speaker line-up followed by community discussion (click on each drop-down to see the speaker for each day):
Sunday, December 26
Umoja (Unity) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Board Representatives
Monday, December 27
Kujichgulia (Self-determination) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Chris Finley, Educator
Tuesday, December 28
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Golden Westside Planning Committee, Debbie Darden
Wednesday, December 29
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Speaker: Realtist of Fresno County Rep., Mitchell Shaw
Thursday, December 30
Nia (Purpose) 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Speaker: The Honorable Kimberly Tapscott Munson
Friday, December 31
Kuumba (Creativity) 12:00 p.m. p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Open Mic Night hosted by Jamillah Finley & BreakBox Thought Collective