Kwanzaa of Savannah welcomed over 100 guests to the opening celebration at the Mary Flournoy Senior Center Center located at 1001 W. 39th St last Monday, December 26th The celebration will take place nightly through January 1st from 6-8pm. The opening celebration began with Tambiko- the ceremonial libation to honor the ancestors by Jamal Toure. He was also the MC for the evening. Umoja (unity) was the focus of the evening. Michael Porter presented the Kwanzaa Set including the mkeka (mat); the Kinara (candle holder) and the Mishumaa Saba (seven candles). Program participants included speakers, Tanya Milton, Kenneth Adams, Craig and Sharon Butts. Barbara Pinkney Williams delivered a musical performance in song.
Bro Yusef Shabazz presented the honorees, Dorothy Cohen of Kwanzaa of Savannah; Chief James Lumpkin and Chief James Barnwell.
Kwanzaa has been celebrated all over the world as a time to pay tribute to our African history, culture and promote the principles (values) by which all Africans in the diaspora can live as individuals, families and as a community. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pan-African holiday. We celebrate the customary call for remembrance, reflection and recommitment. We remember our history and the legacies left and the people who made and left them for us and the world. We reflect on the meaning of being African in the world, on the issues of our ties, and on our way forward in the struggle to forge a future responsive to our needs and interests as well as those of the world. And commit ourselves to our highest values, elevating and liberating practices and as ever to the good of our people and the well-being of the world. At this historical milestone and marker, it is good to remember and reflect on the origins of Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Umoja, (Unity); Kujichagulia (self determination); Ujima (collective work and responsibility; Ujamaa (cooperative economics); Nia (purpose) Kuumba (creativity and Imani (faith). Among the guests in attendance were Mayor Eddie DeLoach, SCMPD Chief Jack Lumpkin, Alderwoman Carol Bell, Alderwoman Estella Shabazz, and County Commissioner Yusef Shabazz. Kwanzaa of Savannah, Inc. is a 501c(3) Non-Profit organization