The Village Project and The Bayview Y Present

6th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration

Uniting to Strengthen Family and Community


December 26, 2011 thru January 1, 2012





What:    SAN FRANCISCO — The Village Project and the Bayview Y, in collaboration with community organizations, present 6th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration.  The celebration presents seven days of free events with thirteen events throughout San Francisco to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Each event begins with a spiritual ceremony, followed with a feast and entertainment and a lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.  Several events feature live entertainment, including local blues and jazz vocalist Lady Mem’fis on opening night (Dec. 26th), the one women play: Harriet Tubman, The underground Railroad, (Bayview Y on Dec. 28th), a keynote address by Dr. Brenda Wade, author & host of the TV show, Black Renaissance on Tuesday, Dec. 27th at City Hall and Tuskegee Airman Les Williams, author of “Victory:  Tales of a Tuskegee Airman at Marcus Book Story, Sunday, Jan 1, 2012.



 Full Calendar of Kwanzaa Events

 December 26,  2011 through January 1, 2012

 Monday, Dec. 26th; 7 pm, West Bay Conference Center , 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy

 Celebration of Principle 1: Umoja (unity) to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. Pouring of the libation, calling out ancestor names. Candle lighting. Entertainment

 Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 12-1pm, City Hall Rotunda, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place , Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 6pm, Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary @ Steiner

 Celebration of Principle 2: Kujichagulia (self-determination) to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. Candle lighting. Local performers spoken word

 Wednesday, Dec. 28th; 3-6pm, Bayview YMCA/Bayview Library, 1601 Lane Street 

Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 7pm, Buchanan YMCA & WAFRC, 1530 Buchanan @ Geary

 Celebration of Principle 3: Ujima (collective work and responsibility) to build and maintain our community together and make our sister’s and brother’s problems our problems and to solve them together. Candle lighting.

 Thursday, Dec. 29th ; 2pm,  Magic Zone/Ella Hill Hutch, 1050 McAllister @ Webster

Thursday, Dec. 29th, 6pm, OMI Y & Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol Ave @ Montana

 Celebration of Principle 4: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses together. Candle lighting.

 Friday, Dec. 30th; 1:30pm, Western Addition Senior Center (Queen Adah), 1390 Turk @ Fillmore

Friday, Dec. 30th, 6pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster

 Celebration of Principle 5: Nia (purpose) to make our collective vocation the building of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Candle lighting.

 Saturday, Dec. 31st, 1-5pm, The Jazz Heritage Center Koret Lobby/Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore

Saturday, Dec. 31st, 7pm, Third Baptist Church – Christ Watch Night Services, 1399 McAllister @ Pierce

 Celebration of Principle 6: Kuumba (creativity) to do as much as we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Candle lighting.

 Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, 2pm, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Street @ Lyons

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, 6pm Marcus Book Store, 1712 Fillmore @ Post Street

 Celebration of Principle 7: Imani (faith) to believe with our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. Candle lighting.
About Kwanzaa

Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually by more than 30 million people worldwide, over seven days from December 26 to January 1.The values of Kwanzaa, Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), are critical tools for addressing the issues facing the African-American community.

 Ceremonies will be led by Brotha’ Clint and Malik Senesenu


Community Partners:`

The Bayview Y, Comcast, Renaissance Parents of Success, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, West Bay Conference Center, Gussies Chicken and Waffles, Western Addition Family Resource Center,  African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center, Marcus Book Store, African American Holistic Wellness Program, SF Black Film Festival, Planet Fillmore Communications, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, Bayview Public Library, The Jazz heritage Center, Yoshi’s, Hamilton Rec Center, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Western Addition Senior Center,  The Buchanan Y, The Express Yourself Café, Bumzy’s Cookies, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Jamie’s Graphics, Third Baptist Church, The St. Coltrane African Orthodox Church, The Magic Zone,  Malik Senefenu, Brotha’ Clint, Kwanza Morton, Barbara  Cohen, & Mr. Dwayne Jones.

 About the Village Project

Adrian Williams is the founder of The Village Project, a youth service organization focusing on education and cultural enrichment for youth and their families in the Western Addition. She has revived the celebration of Kwanzaa throughout San Francisco , by connecting traditionally African American communities for this celebration.


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