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.