Happy Kwanzaa!

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:

Giving details on why Kwanzaa matters: Forum on symbols, principles offers insights into ‘a big deal’ – Buffalo News

The Official Kwanzaa Website

Kwanzaa – History.com

  •  Local 2010 Kwanzaa Events:

Kwanzaa Celebrations Across Buffalo – WGRZ

Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library – Dr. Maulana Karenga visits the library on December 28th!

Images from the Buffalo Kwanzaa Celebrations Digital Project:

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