Celebrate Kwanzaa At The African American Museum: Candle-Lighting Ceremony, Drum And Dance Workshop, Craft-Making And More

Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia for two days of Kwanzaa celebrations, December 28 and December 31.

On Wednesday, December 28 from 1-1:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 31 from noon-12:30 p.m., there will be a special candle-lighting ceremony.

Learn the meaning of Kwanzaa and its rituals, discuss the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, witness the candle-lighting, and sing along with Mlanjeni’s Magical Theater in this family-friendly program.

Then from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Camara Arts will teach a Drum and Dance Workshop. Get the whole family moving towards a healthy, active new year while connecting through traditional African movement and music.

Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m., or Saturday 1:30-3:30 p.m., Martina Johnson Allen and Tanya Murphy Dodd will teach a Mixing Media Art Workshop appropriate for all ages, drawing on themes from AAMP’s current exhibition, Mixing Metaphors.

Finally, from 3-4:30 p.m. on both days, the museum will screen The Black Candle, an explosive documentary that uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African American experience. It’s narrated by Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author and filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr.

Bonus: attend the Wednesday Kwanzaa Celebration and you can enter for a chance to win 2 Southwest Airlines Tickets to anywhere that Southwest flies!

All Kwanzaa activities are free with museum admission.

Kwanzaa Celebrations at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
When: Wednesday, December 28 and Saturday, December 31
Where: 701 Arch Street
Cost: Adults $10, Kids 4-12/Students/Seniors $8
More info: www.aampmuseum.org


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