The Village Project Presents

10th Annual City Wide Kwanzaa Celebration

December 26, 2015 thru January 1, 2016


SAN FRANCISCO – The Village Project will present its 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st.   Highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa (the Nguzo Saba), there will be 15 free celebrations in 7 different neighborhoods.  Four new partners have been added to this year’s schedule, Glide Memorial Church, The Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, King/Garvey Housing Development and the Success Center, San Francisco.  Each hosting organization will present exciting and enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.  A spiritual ceremony – pouring of libations and honoring of ancestors will start each program and will be followed by a feast, live entertainment and the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. The soulful performance of blues singer Tia Carroll will headline this year’s myriad of entertainers, along with the dance department of Laney College.  Storytellers, Phavia Kujichagualia and Kirk Waller will share African Folklore at the main library’s and at Glide Memorial’s programs, respectively. The seven day celebration will open at the Museum of the African Diaspora at noon on Friday, December 26th, and continue with an evening celebration at the African American Arts and Culture complex 7at pm. The closing celebration will take place at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Jan.1st, 6 pm, with Tia Carroll crooning some down home blues.




Kwanzaa 2015 Schedule 

UMOJA (unity):  To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.      Friday, Dec. 26th:  12 Noon – Museum of the African Diaspora, 665 Mission Street @ 3rd; 7 pm, African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street @ Webster


KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.  Sunday, Dec. 27th:   12 pm – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way, Rotunda; 2 pm – Hamilton Rec Center/Mo’MAGIC, 1900 Geary @Steiner; 6 pm – Bayview Y, 1601 Lane @ Revere


UJIMA (collective work and responsibility):  To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and solve them together. Monday, Dec. 28th:  1pm, Western Addition Center/Western Addition Family Resource Center, 1390 Turk @Fillmore; 4:30pm, OMI Family Resource Center/IT Bookman, 446 Randolph @Arch

UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. Thursday Dec 29th: 1pm, Potrero Hill Family Services, King (STARR) Elementary School, 1215 Carolina Street @25th Street; 5pm, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St.


NIA (purpose):  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  Wednesday, Dec. 30th1 pm Boys & Girls Club, 344 Fulton @ Gough; 4 pm – Glide Memorial, 330 Ellis


 KUUMBA (creativity):  To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Thursday, Dec. 31st:  1pm, Success Center, SF, Jazz Heritage, 1330 Fillmore; 4pm, Bay View Opera – Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, 4705 Third Street

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.  Sunday, Jan. 1st:  1pm, Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister @Pierce; 6 pm – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk @ Lyons


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


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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