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 on Friday and Saturday, December 26 and 27, including music and dance performances and film screenings.
Kwanzaa Celebration Schedule Friday, December 26th, 2014
- 10:00-10:30am: Libation Ceremony and Introduction
- 10:30-12:00pm: Drum & Dance Performance by Fusha Dance
- 12:00pm-1:00pm: West African Drumming Class by Cumbe Dance
- 1:00-2:30pm: The Works of Langston Hughes, a dramatic performance by David Mills
- 2:30-3:30pm: The Cultural Philosophy Of Kwanzaa:Celebrating the Rich Cultural Roots of Americans of African Descent, led by Dr. Patricia Leonard
Kwanzaa Celebration Schedule Saturday, December 27th 2014
- 11:00am-12:40pm: Film Screening –Tula: The Revolt
- 1:00pm-2:40pm: Film Screening –Tula: The Revolt
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.
The African Burial Ground National Monument is one of the 100+ places included in Peaceful Places New York City, the guidebook written by NYC on the Cheap editor and publisher Evelyn Kanter.