Blue Triangle Community Center 3005 Mcgowen, Houston.
The The Greater Houston Area Kwanzaa Planning Committee and the S.H.A.P.E Community Center are leading the charge in celebrating this annual cultural event in Houston.
Kwanzaa In Houston
Celebrating Kwanzaa is gaining momentum in Houston. The popularity of the cultural celebration has been growing nationwide every since the original celebration was held in California, by Dr. Ron Karenga from December 26, 1966, to January 1, 1967.
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All over Houston the African American community gets together to hold celebrations, each day of the seven day holiday. Each day is dedicated to one of the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles), that are the cornerstone of every family, community and culture.
An estimated two-million people world-wide take part in this seven-day harvest celebration each year. Many Houston families celebrate Christmas events and Kwanzaa during the holiday season.
Kwanzaa events in Houston are sponsored by S.H.A.P.E Center and other organizations each year. Make sure you check their websites for details on the exact times and specific events that will take place during the Kwanzaa celebrations in Houston.
The 3rd Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Ujamaa Festival
Houston's 3rd Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Ujamaa Festival features Jazz, Hip Hop and Gospel music. This weekend the sounds of live music and fun will reverberate the streets of Midtown Houston, along the Almeda Rd corridor, during this event.
It's also a chance for Houston to support local Black-owned businesses in Midtown Houston by doing some of their Christmas shopping with them. Saturday during the pre-Kwanzaa festival you'll also get to experience the delightful artist from:
Texas Brass Band
Emaniah Shinar Steel Band
The main foundations of the celebration is based on the first-fruit harvest rituals of Africa. A unity cup, a long candle holder, hand made gifts, the tree of gratefulness, a straw mat and a Kwanzaa feast are the staples of the African American tradition.