Community Celebration of Kwanzaa

Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa!

The Black History Committee of the Hudson Valley presents its Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Sunday, December 27th at 5PM. The community event will be held at the Mt. Calvary Fire Baptized Church, 167 Grand Street, Newburgh.

Each year the BHC celebrates Kwanzaa to uphold the traditions of African culture in the Hudson Valley. The community-wide event helps bring together families, friends and neighbors to pay homage to the first harvest. The BHC has chosen the 2nd day of Kwanzaa, Kujichagulia, which represents the principal of Self Determination to hold this year’s celebration.

Sadie Tallie, President of the BHC says, “Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. It’s our responsibility to educate the community and help build community through our traditions.” Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture, called Nguzo Saba, which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26th through January 1st.

This year’s festivities will include the BHC’s Artist in Residence, Bob Cash, Native American and African master craftsman, plus a special exhibition of KWANZAA -O- RAMA 365 days, a new board game created by Newburgh local, Nia Greene Lindo. Also, there will be food, music, entertainment and a Kwanzaa ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.