The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will host Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach on Saturday Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. for a lecture and discussion entitled “Kwanzaa, The Nguzo Saba and Our Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing, and Remaking Our World: A 50th Anniversary Kwanzaa.” The event takes place at the museum, located at 315 E. Warren Ave. in Midtown Detroit, and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Karenga is internationally known as the creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa and Nguzo Saba (the Seven Principles), and of Kawaida philosophy out of which both were conceived and created. Kwanzaa is annually celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, with each day emphasizing one of seven principles of African heritage. The Wright Museum hosts its annual Kwanzaa celebrations each evening of Kwanzaa, that include candle-lighting ceremonies, African drumming and dance performances, and lectures and discussions on the principles and their embodiment today.
Dr. Karenga is also the author of the authoritative book on the subject: Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture. In addition, he has lectured on the life and struggle of African peoples on numerous campuses of the U.S.A. and in Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Trinidad, Britain and Canada.
The Dec. 10 lecture with Dr. Karenga, as well as the museum’s Kwanzaa Celebrations Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1965, The Wright Museum opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.
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