Kwanzaa is a secular holiday celebrated from December 26 to January 1. It was established in 1966 as an African-American tradition that focuses on the family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means “first fruits”.
This year’s Kwanzaa celebration is hosted by the Antelope Valley Chapter of the NAACP and will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 30) at United Desert Charities, located at 2101 East Palmdale Boulevard.
The event, which is free and open to the community, will feature performances by:
- Niancho Eniyaley African Performers
- Scholar Jamaal Brown
- Songstress Linda Bowling, and
- The Lancaster Unique High Steppers Drill and Drum Squad.