Did you know that Buffalo has one of the largest celebrations of Kwanzaa in the United States? Its celebration here is so prominent that Maulana Karenga, the holiday’s creator, has visited Buffalo during its celebration for most years since 1967. To read how Buffalo has celebrated Kwanzaa over the years, visit the Buffalo Kwanzaa Celebrations digital project at the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center’s website. This online collection includes local programs, photographs, newspaper articles, recipes, as well as other materials.
- What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration of African American history and culture, which takes place from December 26 through January 1. It was developed by Maulana Karenga in 1966.
- Read More about Kwanzaa:
- Local 2010 Kwanzaa Events:
Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library – Dr. Maulana Karenga visits the library on December 28th!
- See our African American History in Buffalo and African American Genealogy finding aids to research Buffalo’s African American culture and history.
Images from the Buffalo Kwanzaa Celebrations Digital Project: