Celebrate Kwanzaa with African dance, storytelling with puppets, drumming performances, and more! On Saturday, December 29th, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will celebrate the African American holiday with workshops, lectures, craft activities — and even a fashion show celebrating the principle Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH) or Collective Economics. 

“The Purpose of Kwanzaa is to be an African-American holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture.” said Jessica Hebron, known to kids around Baltimore as Culture Queen. She added that the seven principles were created by Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Karenga, and are based on a variety of ancient African beliefs and traditions. ”[The philosophy] allows people to take a look at what they are doing in their life and with their family and gain insight into how to culturally better themselves throughout the entire year.”

Saturday’s celebration at the museum is a family-friendly event! You won’t want to miss Jessica’s performance at 11:15 AM.It’s truly a special occasion for Jessica, who has a new Culture Queen gown and headdress commissioned each year that is debuted at the museum’s annual Kwanzaa event. There are also kid-friendly workshops all day long. Enjoy African mask marking, food demonstrations, and a comic book workshop. Attendees can also shop at the event’s African marketplace.

Enjoy a special $5/person admission rate during this annual event! Learn more (and RSVP to let them know you are coming) here. This event is held in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. 

Kwanza Celebration 2018 Schedule

African Marketplace

11 AM – 4 PM | African Marketplace

Theater Presentations

11 AM | For Kids: Kwanzaa Live! With Culture Queen

12 PM | Drum Call Processional  by Sankofa Dance Theater and  Kwanzaa Stamp Unveiling by the US Postal Services

1 PM |  Ujamaa Round-Table Discussion: Cooperative Economics in our Community

2 PM| Contemporary African Fashion Show

3 PM  | Sankofa Dance Theater Concert with Kwanzaa Ceremony

Workshop Presentations

12 PM – 4 PM | Kwanzaa Drop In Art Activity: African Masks with Sallah Jenkins

12:30 PM | Kid’s Financial Activity: Teaching kids about money first! with James Merritt

1:30 PM | Kwanzaa Recipes Food Demo Presentation with Black Girls Cook

2:30 PM | Wakanda Comic Book Workshop with East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

Kwanza Celebration 2018 

Saturday, December 29, 2018
11 AM – 4 PM
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.