Celebrate Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History with family-friendly entertainment including American Idol star Ruben Studderd, plus film screenings, an international marketplace, and more.
Kwanzaa 2016: Songs for the Soul at AMNH is noon to 3pm., Friday, December 30th, hosted by storyteller Linda Humes. Everything is FREE with museum admission.
Here’s what’s on the schedule:
SEE ALSO Kwanzaa Crawl – 16 Brooklyn bars and pubs are participating in this holiday event to support Black-owned businesses.
Students from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music open the Kwanzaa Celebration with Afro-Caribbean high-spirited vocals and conga rhythms.
Master drummers Sanga of The Valley and LeeAnet Noble and youth drummers William Diarra Humes and Jason Simmons take visitors through the core principles of Kwanzaa, followed by a soulful performance by Ruben Studdard.
“American Idol” crowned Birmingham, Alabama, native Ruben Studdard its 2003 winner after he pulled in 24 million votes. In the years since, Studdard has had a string of gold and platinum records, top-ten albums, and R&B and pop singles. His commitment to community and inner-city youth includes the recent launch of the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts.
The festival will also include an international marketplace and film excerpts from Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement.
Here’s a video clip from a previous Kwanzaa celebration at AMNH to inspire you