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Kwanzaa 2012 San Francisco Celebration
by The Village Project (awillliamsassoc [at]
Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
7th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
December 26, 2012 through January 1, 2013
The Village Project and the Bayview Y present San Francisco’s 7th Annual Kwanzaa, featuring a special celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This year’s event will again highlight the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba), with 14 free events taking place over seven days throughout San Francisco. Each celebration begins with a spiritual ceremony, followed by a feast, live entertainment, and a lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. The many performers will include rhythm & blues bands such as the Soul Mechanix and Bernard Anderson & the Old School Band.

The seven-day celebration opens at San Francisco City Hall at noon on Wednesday, December 26th, with a keynote address from Dr. Amos C. Brown, Pastor of Third Baptist Church, welcome address by Kriztina Palone, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and a special recognition of Tempie Priestly, Executive Director of Renaissance Parents of Success, for her service to youth, families and the community of Bayview/Hunters Point. Other highlights of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration include “A Celebration of our Elders” at Westbay Conference Center, 7:00 p.m. on December 26th; “A Celebration of Dance”, featuring The Village Dancers of Crossroads and the Laney College Dance Department at Hamilton Rec Center, 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 27th ; “A Celebration of The Emancipation Proclamation” at 2:00 p.m. on Jan 1st at The Bayview Opera House/Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre; and “A Night of Gospel” at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church at 6 pm, featuring Emmit Powell & the Gospel Elite and Kevan Peabody leading the First Friendship Institutional Church’s Praise Team..



Full Calendar of Kwanzaa Events, December 26, 2012 through January 1, 2013

UMOJA (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race Wednesday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon - City Hall Rotunda, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way (A Pre-Celebration of The Emancipation Proclamation); Keynote speakers: Dr. Amos C. Brown, Pastor of Third Baptist Church & Ms. Gina Fromm, District Vice President, YMCA of San Francisco; 7 pm - West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy, Performance by Bernard Anderson & the Old School Band

KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
Thursday, Dec. 27th: 2 pm - Hamilton Recreation Center (A Celebration of Dance), 1900 Geary @ Steiner; performances by Dept. of Dance – Laney College, The Village Dancers of Crossroads, & The San Francisco Sea Hawks; 7 pm - OMI FRC/Minnie & Lovie Rec, 650 Capitol Ave @ Montana, performance by the Jah Summit Reggae Band

UJIMA (collective work and responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together
Friday, Dec. 28th: 1 pm - WAFRC/Western Addition Senior Center (Queen Adah), 1390 Turk @ Fillmore (An Inter-Generational Moment), performance by Jay’e & Friends; 5:30 pm - Bayview Y/Bayview Library, 1601 Lane Street

UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
Sat, Dec 29th: 1 pm - MoMagic @ Ella Hill Hutch, 1050 McAllister @ Webster (Young Entrepreneurs in Action); 4 pm - Potrero Hill Family Resource Center @ Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street @ 22nd Street

NIA (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
Sunday, Dec. 30th: 1 pm - Third Baptist, 1399 McAllister Street @ Pierce, featuring the Tolson Family Dancers; 6 pm - African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster

KUUMBA (creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it
Monday, Dec. 31st: 2 pm - The Jazz Heritage Center/Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, performance by Soul Mechanix; 6 pm – Augusta Collins Blues Band @ Marcus Book Store, 1712 Fillmore @ Post.

IMANI (faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle
Tuesday, Jan. 1st: 2 pm – Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 Third Street @ Oakdale (Celebration of The Emancipation Proclamation); 6 pm - Union of Black Episcopalians/St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, (A Night of Gospel), 2097 Turk @ Lyons; performances by Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elite, along with Kevan Peabody & the First Friendship Institutional Church’s Praise Team, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Chair/Professor - Africana Studies, San Francisco State University.

About Kwanzaa

Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually by more than 30 million people worldwide, over seven days from December 26 to January 1. The values of Kwanzaa, Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), are critical tools for addressing the issues facing the African-American community.

Ceremonies will be led by Brotha’ Clint, Kwanza Morton and Malik Seneferu. There will be a candle lighting & pouring of libation ceremony, live entertainment & a feast at each event. For more information visit:

Community Partners

The Bayview Y, Mayor’s Office of Economics & Workforce Development MOEWD), Union of Black Episcopalians, Episcopal Charities, St. Mary’s of the Virgin Episcopal Church, Renaissance Parents of Success, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), West Bay Conference Center, The Bayview Opera House – The Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, Western Addition Family Resource Center, Urban Solutions, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Rec Center, Marcus Book Store, African American Holistic Wellness Program, Black Film Festival, Planet Fillmore Communications, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, Bayview Public Library, The Jazz Heritage Center, Yoshi’s, Hamilton Rec Center, Nia Soul Catering, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore Center, Jamie’s Graphics, Third Baptist Church, The St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, Diocese of California Peace, Justice, and Hunger Commission, S.N.I.G, The New Fellowship Institutional Church, The Magic Zone, Fillmore Farmers Market,
St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Africana Studies Dept. @ San Francisco State, Department of Dance - Laney College, Meadow Livingston School, Gussies Chicken and Waffles, Teri’s Boutique, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Sheba’s Lounge, Rasselas Jazz Club, The Village Dancers of Crossroads, Dance Kaiso, Malik Seneferu, Brotha’ Clint, Kwanza Morton, Carl Barnes, Glenda Smith @ Greasy Spoon Catering, Delaine Irvin, Charles Dixon & Associates, Santi Hucklaby, Cheap Pete’s Framing, The Village Project Advisory Board; funded in part by the Dept. of Public Health

About the Village Project

Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. She has revived the celebration of Kwanzaa throughout San Francisco, by connecting traditionally African American communities for this celebration.

About the Bayview Y

The YMCA has long been at the forefront of providing quality, free or low-cost programming for youth and families. Their programs are run by caring, experienced staff with a focus on youth development principles: safety, relationship building, skill building, community involvement, and meaningful youth participation. The Bayview Hunters Point Y has been the co-sponsor for the San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration for the past four years.

Help us to continue this important community celebration. Please send donations to:
The Village Project
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

§City Hall Kwanzaa, 2011
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
§Village Kids celebrate Kwanzaa
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
§Bernard Anderson & The Old School Band
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
Kwanzaa opening night at Westbay Conference Center at 7 pm, featuring Bernard Anderson & The Old School Band
§Laney College, Dept. of Dance
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
The Dept. of Dance, Laney College will perform at Kujichagulia, Dec. 27th @ 2 pm at Hamilton Rec. Center
§Jay'e & Friends
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
Jay'e & Friends performs at Ujima, Dec. 28th, Western Addition Senior Center at 1 pm
§Soul Mechanix
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
The Jazz Heritage's Center will host Kuumba, with Soul Mechanix performing rhythm & blues
§Agusta Collings
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
Augusta Collins headlines Marcus Books' Kuumba Celebration, featuring commedian Anita Woodley on Dec. 31 at 6 pm
§Comedian Anita Woodley
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
Anita Woodley, comedain, will celebrate Kuumba at Marcus Books
§Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elite
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elite headlines Imani celebration at St. Cyprian's on Jan. 1st @ 6 pm
§Kevan Peabody
by The Village Project Saturday Dec 15th, 2012 9:13 AM
Keavan Peabody will be featured with the New Friendship Institutional Church Praise Team at St. Cyprian's, celebrating Imani