Celebrate Kwanzaa 2023

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 26, 2023 - 6:30pm
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CELEBRATE KWANZAA!

Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday held annually from December 26 to January 1. It is not a religious holiday, but a cultural holiday for people of African descent. A fundamental component of this holiday is the celebration of harvest, family, culture, and community. Kwanzaa focuses on seven essential principles, known as the Nguzo Saba, which represents each day of the seven-day celebration. These principles are unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba), and faith (imani).

Events include candle lighting ceremony and will be streamed live on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thedockbookshop

Now - Dec. 31 - Get Ready for Kwanzaa! Shop The Dock for your Kinaras, candles and great "Zawadi" gifts!

Dec. 26-Dec. 31 - Kwanzaa Community Celebrations & In-store Events (Tue-Mon).

Day 1 - TUESDAY, DEC. 26 - UMOJA (UNITY)

Shop The Dock 1-9p

Unity "Umoja" Dock Open Mic Family Night 6:30p at The Dock

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Day 2 - WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27 - KUJICHAGULIA (SELF-DETERMINATION)

Shop The Dock: 12-5p

Kwanzaa Lunch & Learn 12-2p at The Dock

Kwanzaa Celebration with Special Guest Umar Johnson at Greater St. Stephen First Church, Pastor Bell, 7p 3728 E Berry St, Fort Worth, TX 76105

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Day 3 - THURSDAY, DEC. 28 - UJIMA (COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY)

Shop The Dock: 1-9p

Kwanzaa Community Conversation hosted by Brotherhood and Men's Book Club, 7p at The Dock

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Day 4 - FRIDAY, DEC. 29 - UJAMAA (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS)

Shop The Dock: 11a-5p

Kwanzaa Lunch & Learn 12-2p at The Dock

Kwanzaa Celebration + Ujamaa Marketplace & Film 6-9p at New Mount Rose MBC, Pastor Kyev Tatum 2864 Mississippi Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Day 5 - SATURDAY, DEC. 30 - NIA (PURPOSE)

Shop The Dock: 11a-7p

Community Kwanzaa Celebration Part 1 hosted by Dock Bookshop, 12-3p at The Dock. Family Story Time, Authors & Artist Showcase and more

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Community Kwanzaa Celebration Part 2 hosted by NOI MM #52,3-6p at The Dock

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Day 5 - SATURDAY, DEC. 30 - NIA (PURPOSE)

Shop The Dock: 11a-7p

Community Kwanzaa Celebration Part 1 hosted by Dock Bookshop, 12-3p at The Dock. Family Story Time, Authors & Artist Showcase and more

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Community Kwanzaa Celebration Part 2 hosted by NOI MM #52,3-6p at The Dock

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Day 6 - SUNDAY, DEC. 31 - KUUMBA (CREATIVITY)

Shop The Dock: 1-5p

Kwanzaa Family Celebration hosted by MBK & MSK, 3-5p at The Dock

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Day 1 - TUESDAY, DEC. 26 - UMOJA (UNITY)

Shop The Dock 1-9p

Unity "Umoja" Dock Open Mic Family Night 6:30p at The Dock

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Day 2 - WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27 - KUJICHAGULIA (SELF-DETERMINATION)

Shop The Dock: 12-5p

Kwanzaa Lunch & Learn 12-2p at The Dock

Kwanzaa Celebration with Special Guest Umar Johnson at Greater St. Stephen First Church, Pastor Bell, 7p 3728 E Berry St, Fort Worth, TX 76105

CLICK HERE TO RSVP/SPONSOR/VEND

Day 3 - THURSDAY, DEC. 28 - UJIMA (COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY)

Shop The Dock: 1-9p

Kwanzaa Community Conversation hosted by Brotherhood and Men's Book Club, 7p at The Dock

CLICK HERE TO RSVP/SPONSOR/VEND

Day 4 - FRIDAY, DEC. 29 - UJAMAA (COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS)

Shop The Dock: 11a-5p

Kwanzaa Lunch & Learn 12-2p at The Dock

Kwanzaa Celebration + Ujamaa Marketplace & Film 6-9p at New Mount Rose MBC, Pastor Kyev Tatum 2864 Mississippi Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

CLICK HERE TO RSVP/SPONSOR/VEND

Day 5 - SATURDAY, DEC. 30 - NIA (PURPOSE)

Shop The Dock: 11a-7p

Community Kwanzaa Celebration Part 1 hosted by Dock Bookshop, 12-3p at The Dock. Family Story Time, Authors & Artist Showcase and more

CLICK HERE TO RSVP/SPONSOR/VEND

Community Kwanzaa Celebration Part 2 hosted by NOI MM #52,3-6p at The Dock

CLICK HERE TO RSVP/SPONSOR/VEND

Day 6 - SUNDAY, DEC. 31 - KUUMBA (CREATIVITY)

Shop The Dock: 1-5p

Kwanzaa Family Celebration hosted by MBK & MSK, 3-5p at The Dock

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Day 7 - MONDAY JAN. 1 - IMANI (FAITH)

Store Closed

Rest, Reflect & Prepare for the New Year

Host your own Karamu Feast with family & friends

CELEBRATE KWANZAA

 

QUICK FACTS

1.Kwanzaa  is a cultural celebration that is observed each year from December 26-January 1.
2.Kwanzaa is not a black Christmas or a Muslim holiday- it is not religious holiday, but a cultural celebration.
3.Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a Black Studies professor and black activist.
4.Kwanzaa is a time for African Americans to connect with their cultural heritage
5.Kwanzaa is a time for African Americans to reaffirm their commitment to themselves, their families, their community and the struggle for liberation of Afrikan people.
6.Kwanzaa  is derived from a Kiswahili phrase, matunda ya kwanzaa, which means “the first fruits of the harvest”.
7.Each day a candle is lit to present the principal for that day and a discussion of the meaning of that principle.
8.Each day a special greeting is spoken, “Habari gani” (What is the news?”  and the response is the principal for that day.
9.Every Kwanzaa Celebration has a Karamu (Feast) on the sixth or seventh day .
10. Rituals and ceremony of Kwanzaa includes drumming, prayer, pouring of libations to the ancestors, singing, asking the question Habari Gani, seating & recognition of elders, getting permission/blessing from the elders, discussion of principle of the day, lighting of the mishumaa (candles), creative presentation, closing with 7 Harambees  which means Let’s pull together!
 

     NGUZO SABA –The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

1.Umoja  (Oo-moe-ja) (Unity) - To strive for and maintain unity in the Family, Community, Nation and Race.
2.Kujichagulia (Koo-ji-cha-goo-lia) (Self-Determination) - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3.Ujima (Oo-ji-ma)  (Collective work and Responsibility) - To build and maintain our community and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
4.Ujamaa (Oo-ja-ma) (Cooperative Economics) - To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5.Nia (Nee-ah) (Purpose) - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6.Kuumba (Koo-um-ba) (Creativity) - To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani (I-ma-ni) (Faith) - To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggleh) .
 

    KWANZAA SEVEN SYMBOLS

1.Mkeka (placemat) represents our foundation, our faith, our history, our heritage and legacy
2.Kinara (candle holder) symbolizes our parent stalk or origins)
3.Mishumaa saba (seven candles) symbolizes the seven principles of our value system
4.Vibunzi or Muhindi (ears of corn) symbolizes the precious of children
5.Kikombe cha umoja (unity cup) -
6.Mazao (fruits and vegetables)
7.Zawadi (gifts) symbolizes our rewards of right actions