Cary, NC: 25th Annual Ujima Group & Town of Cary NC Kwanzaa Celebration Dec 27, 2019 Features Founder Dr. Maulana Karenga


The Ujima Group, Inc. & Town of Cary, NC’s

Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources



 “Celebrating 25-Years — A Quarter-Century of Service with Wholesome Principles”

Special Guest Dr. Maulana Karenga will be present on December 27th

Dr. Karenga created  Kwanzaa in 1966 as a pan African holiday to be celebrated all over the world

from December 26–January 1st.

As is custom… there will be universal principles to encourage African Americans and the greater community at-large. These principles are to be to interpreted and practiced by individuals and groups in daily ways! “

Concentrate On Sharing… Good In The World: Be Yourself…Free Yourself…Activate Your Most Positive Selves !

The Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) 

Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values which are not only the building blocks for community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them. Embrace the principles of Kwanzaa as a continuous and daily practice, to use and embrace them as moral imperatives, obligations born of our history, our struggle and an active concern about the current conditions of our lives, and the forging of a new and expansive future of maximum human freedom and flourishing. And as we embrace and practice these principles, we not only transform the conditions of our lives as a people in liberating ways, we also transform ourselves, expanding the human sense and moral substance of ourselves through dedication, discipline, sacrifice and achievement of the Good.

Come and enjoy the festivities

The free community event will be held Friday, December, 27, 2019 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Cary Art Center, 101 Dry Avenue Cary, NC 27511 in downtown Cary.

This year’s celebration includes Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair Department of Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

     The celebration continues with

  • Collage Dance Company of Durham, North Carolina. Sadiyah Shakur-Saleem is the founder of Collage Dance Company and she enjoys encouraging young people to become all they can be 
  • The Magic of African Rhythm (TMOAR) Dance Company is a pillar in the bridge that connects us to our African heritage across the ocean 
  • PLUS! The African American Dance Ensemble, a professional dance company that is and continues to be the leader of traditional African Dance and Music with over 30 years’ experience

So! The Main Stage is filled by an educator of historic cultural and educational importance, followed by live music and startling entertainment. The “Children’s Village” features instructional arts & crafts, and there is food and fun for the whole family throughout the day!


The Town of Cary co-sponsors the Kwanzaa Celebration through the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department with The Ujima Group, Inc., a non-profit 501© community based organization that promotes cultural diversity through educational programs and the arts. For more information, email Lester Thomas at, contact The Cultural Arts Program Specialist, (919) 462-3963 or visit the Town of Cary’s website at






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