Lecture Tells How Kwanzaa’s Message of Unity Resonates Today

December 3 Program Explains Holiday’s Civil Rights Origins

The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language but this annual winter observance began in America in 1966. Historic Newton’s lecture about the history of Kwanzaa on Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m. looks at the origins of the holiday, its growth over 50 years, and its relevance today.

Aiming for a positive message in the wake of the Watts riots in Los Angeles, the historian Maulana Karenga created a celebration that synthesized many elements of African harvest festivals. People now observe the holiday for seven days each December, lighting a candle on each day in a special candelabra that represents seven principles designed to guide African Americans in their daily life.

Join us to learn more and sample a beverage from a recipe in the cookbook Kwanzaa by Eric V. Copage. The lecture takes place at the Durant-Kenrick Hosue and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. For more information, call 617-641-9142.