Celebrate Kwanzaa at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan, where some 15,000 men, women and children were buried in the 1700s and 1800s. It’s a perfect place to commemorate African-American heritage and culture. There are FREE family-friendly events throughout the day on Friday, December 28th, including lectures on the history and meaning of the burial ground by National Park Service Rangers.
10:30AM: Traditional African Wire Doll Making by Ivelisse Pabon de Landron. Learn about the island of Puerto Rico and its Black traditional doll making craft.
11AM: Reflections of Honor and Glory. Enjoy an informative tour of the site’s commemorative artwork guided by a National Park Service Ranger.
NOON: “Nguzo Saba” — The Meaning and Principles of Kwanzaa. This presentation, led by Cyril Innis, Jr., provides a comprehensive overview of this unique holiday’s principles and meaning.
12:30PM: “The Black Nutcracker.” Uptown Dance Academy will present a modernized rendition of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic featuring an eclectic musical blend and a range of dance styles. (75 minutes)
2PM: Kwanzaa Workshop Learn about the cultural philosophy of Kwanzaa and Adinkra symbols as well as the ritual of Umma Nhuru Utumwa (Swahili for “people free from slavery.”)family: Default Sans
3PM: Ranger-led tour of African Burial Ground memorial
All events and activities are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for Kwanzaa programs. To RSVP call (212) 238-4367, or the National Park Service website. And dress warmly, since this is outdoors.
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