The Village Project & The Bayview Y Presents

6th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration

Uniting to Strengthen Family and Community

December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012





What:    SAN FRANCISCO — The Village Project and the Bayview Y present San Francisco ’s 6th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration—Uniting to Strengthen Our Family and Community.   The celebration honors the seven principles of Kwanzaa with 13 free events taking place over seven days throughout San Francisco. Each celebration begins with a spiritual ceremony, followed by a feast, live entertainment and a lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara.  Among the many performers will be local blues and jazz vocalist Lady Mem’fis.


The seven-day celebration begins with a keynote address by Dr. Anita Grier (City College of San Francisco Trustee) on December 26th at the West Bay Center .  Other highlights of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration include a performance of the one-woman play, “Harriet Tubman, The Underground Railroad,”  at the Bayview YMCA on Dec. 28th; a keynote address by Dr. Brenda Wade, author of the new book, , “99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Falling In Love” and host of the TV show, Black Renaissance on Dec. 27th at City Hall, and a book signing and talk by Tuskegee Airman Les Williams, author of “Victory:  Tales of a Tuskegee Airman,” about serving as an African-American pilot during World War II, who will appear at Marcus Book Store on Jan.1, 2012.







Full Calendar of Kwanzaa Events, December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012


Umoja (unity): to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Monday, Dec. 26th; 7 pm, West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy; Keynote address by Dr. Anita Grier (City College of San Francisco Trustee), performance by Lady Mem’fis Blues Band.


Kujichagulia (self-determination): to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

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

Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 6pm, Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary @ Steiner; “A Night of Dance”, featuring The Village and Meadow Livingstone Dancers


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.

Wednesday, Dec. 28th; 3-6pm, Bayview YMCA/Bayview Library, 1601 Lane Street; Performance of the one woman play, Harriett Tubman, The Underground Railroad.

Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 7pm, Buchanan YMCA & WAFRC, 1530 Buchanan @ Geary, African Drumming & spoken word


Ujamaa (cooperative economics): to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses together.

Thursday, Dec. 29th; 2pm, the Magic Zone/Ella Hill Hutch, 1050 McAllister @ Webster; featuring a community market place.

Thursday, Dec. 29th, 6pm, OMI Y & Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, 650 Capitol Ave @ Montana; Performance by Jah Summit Reggae Band.


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

Friday, Dec. 30th; 1:30pm, Western Addition Senior Center , 1390 Turk @ Fillmore; Zeik McCarter & The Soul System Band

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


Kuumba (creativity): to do as much as we can to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Saturday, Dec. 31st, 1-5pm, The Jazz Heritage Center / Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, Junior Toots Reggae Band

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


Imani (faith): to believe with our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, 2pm, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Street @ Lyons ; Performance by the St. John Coltrane Church Band

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, 6pm Marcus Book Store, 1712 Fillmore @ Post Street ; Keynote Address/book signing by: Tuskegee Airman Les Williams, author of “Victory:  Tales of a Tuskegee Airman”.


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 Seneferu.  Candle lighting, live entertainment & feast at each event.


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, Miyako Ice Cream, The Buchanan YMCA, 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, City College of San Francisco, Meadow Livingston School,  Deacon Donald Corbin – St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church, Malik Seneferu, Brotha’ Clint, Kwanza Morton, Carl Barnes, 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.


Help us to continue this important community celebration.  Please send donations to:

The Village Project

2097 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA  94115














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