IMANI (faith):  To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle

Tuesday, Jan. 1st2 pm – Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 Third Street @ Oakdale (Celebration of The Emancipation Proclamation); 6 pm – Union of Black Episcopalians/St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, (A Night of Gospel), 2097 Turk @ Lyons; performances by Emmit Powell & The Gospel Elite, along with Kevan Peabody & the First Friendship Institutional Church’s Praise Team, Dr. Dorothy Tsuruta, Chair/Professor – Africana Studies, San Francisco State University.


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, Kwanza Morton and Malik Seneferu. There will be a candle lighting & pouring of libation ceremony, live entertainment & a feast at each event.  For more information visit:


Community Partners

The Bayview Y, Mayor’s Office of Economics & Workforce Development MOEWD), Union of Black Episcopalians, Episcopal Charities, St. Mary’s of the Virgin Episcopal Church, Renaissance Parents of Success, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS), West Bay Conference Center, The Bayview Opera House – The Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, Western Addition Family Resource Center, Urban Solutions, African American Arts & Culture Center, OMI Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Family Resource Center, Potrero Hill Rec Center, Marcus Book Store, African American Holistic Wellness Program, Black Film Festival, Planet Fillmore Communications, Minnie & Lovie Rec Center, Bayview Public Library, The Jazz Heritage Center, Yoshi’s, Hamilton Rec Center, Nia Soul Catering, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Western Addition Senior Center, The Fillmore  Center, Jamie’s Graphics, Third Baptist Church, The St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church,Diocese of California Peace, Justice, and Hunger Commission, S.N.I.G, The New Fellowship Institutional Church, The Magic Zone, Fillmore Farmers Market,

St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Africana Studies Dept. @ San Francisco State, Department of Dance – Laney College, Meadow Livingston School, Gussies Chicken and Waffles, Teri’s Boutique, Charlie’s Pharmacy, Sheba’s Lounge, Rasselas Jazz Club, The Village Dancers of Crossroads, Dance Kaiso, Malik Seneferu, Brotha’ Clint, Kwanza Morton, Carl Barnes, Glenda Smith @ Greasy Spoon Catering, Delaine Irvin, Charles Dixon & Associates, Santi Hucklaby, Cheap Pete’s Framing, The Village Project Advisory Board; funded in part by the Dept. of Public Health


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.


About the Bayview Y

The YMCA has long been at the forefront of providing quality, free or low-cost programming for youth and families. Their programs are run by caring, experienced staff with a focus on youth development principles: safety, relationship building, skill building, community involvement, and meaningful youth participation.  The Bayview Hunters Point Y has been the co-sponsor for the San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration for the past four years.



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

The Village Project

2097 Turk Street

San Francisco, CA  94115


Have a Blessed Day!
Adrian Williams, Executive Director The Village Project 415-424-2980


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