7th Annual San Francisco Kwanzaa Celebration
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
December 26, 2012 through January 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Village Project and the Bayview Y present San Francisco’s 7th Annual Kwanzaa, featuring a special celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This year’s event will again highlight the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba), with 14 free events taking place over seven days throughout San Francisco. Each celebration begins with a spiritual ceremony, followed by a feast, live entertainment, and a lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. The many performers will include rhythm & blues bands such as the Soul Mechanix and Bernard Anderson & the Old School Band.
The seven-day celebration opens at San Francisco City Hall at noon on Wednesday, December 26th, with a keynote address from Dr. Amos C. Brown, Pastor of Third Baptist Church, and a special recognition of Tempie Priestly, Executive Director of Renaissance Parents of Success, for her service to youth, families and the community of Bayview/Hunters Point. Other highlights of this year’s Kwanzaa celebration include “A Celebration of our Elders” at Westbay Conference Center, 7:00 p.m. on December 26th; “A Celebration of Dance”, featuring The Village Dancers of Crossroads and the Laney College Dance Department at Hamilton Rec Center, 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 27th ; “A Celebration of The Emancipation Proclamation” at 2:00 p.m. on Jan 1st at The Bayview Opera House/Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre; and “A Night of Gospel” at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church at 6 pm, featuring Emmit Powell & the Gospel Elite and Kevan Peabody leading the First Friendship Institutional Church’s Praise Team..
UMOJA (unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race Wednesday, Dec. 26th: 12 Noon - City Hall Rotunda, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Way (A Pre-Celebration of The Emancipation Proclamation); Keynote speakers: Dr. Amos C. Brown, Pastor of Third Baptist Church & Ms. Gina Fromm, District Vice President, YMCA of San Francisco; 7 pm - West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore @ Eddy, Performance by Bernard Anderson & the Old School Band
KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
Thursday, Dec. 27th: 2 pm - Hamilton Recreation Center (A Celebration of Dance), 1900 Geary @ Steiner; performances by Dept. of Dance – Laney College, The Village Dancers of Crossroads, & The San Francisco Sea Hawks; 7 pm - OMI FRC/Minnie & Lovie Rec, 650 Capitol Ave @ Montana, performance by the Jah Summit Reggae Band
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
Friday, Dec. 28th: 1 pm - WAFRC/Western Addition Senior Center (Queen Adah), 1390 Turk @ Fillmore (An Inter-Generational Moment), performance by Jay’e & Friends; 5:30 pm - Bayview Y/Bayview Library, 1601 Lane Street
UJAMAA (cooperative economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
Sat, Dec 29th: 1 pm - MoMagic @ Ella Hill Hutch, 1050 McAllister @ Webster (Young Entrepreneurs in Action); 4 pm - Potrero Hill Family Resource Center @ Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 801 Arkansas Street @ 22nd Street
NIA (purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
Sunday, Dec. 30th: 1 pm - Third Baptist, 1399 McAllister Street @ Pierce, featuring the Tolson Family Dancers; 6 pm - African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton @ Webster
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
Monday, Dec. 31st: 2 pm - The Jazz Heritage Center/Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore, performance by Soul Mechanix; 6 pm – Augusta Collins Blues Band @ Marcus Book Store, 1712 Fillmore @ Post
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. 1st: 2 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.
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.