Kwanzaa 2014

Day 1 - Wed. Dec. 26 - Umoja (Unity)
The Dock Bookshop Hours: 1-8p
Kwanzaa Event: Umoja-Unity Kwanzaa Celebration hosted by Zawadi Writers
6:30-8p at The Dock.
Refreshments, Candle lighting Ceremony, Principle Sharing Moment, Poetry & Open Mic.

Day 2 - Thu. Dec. 27 - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
The Dock Bookshop Hours: 1-8p
Kwanzaa Event: Kwanzaa Community Conversation
hosted by MBK and the Men's Book Club

6:30-8p at The Dock.
Refreshments, Candle lighting Ceremony, Principle Sharing Moment, Community Conversation on knowing and doing for ourselves.
 
Day 3 Fri. Dec. 28 -Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility)
The Dock Bookshop Hours: 1-8p
Kwanzaa Event: Kwanzaa Family Event hosted by Voluntary Gifts Academy
4-8p at Community Christian Church 1800 E Vickery Blvd FW.
Fun, food, love, games, culture and more.

Day 4 - Sat. Dec. 29 - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
The Dock Bookshop Hours: 11a-8p
Kwanzaa Event: Kwanzaa Family Celebration hosted by The Dock Bookshop
 3-6 at The Dock
Refreshments, Drumming, Candle lighting Ceremony, Principle Sharing Moment, Authors, Storyteller, Special Guest Artists & Speakers.
 
Day 5 - Sun. Dec. 30 - Nia (Purpose)
The Dock Bookshop Hours: 1-5p 
Kwanzaa Events:  
Kwanzaa Celebration 11a-1p at Alethia Temple Church FW
Kwanzaa Celebration 6-8p at Greater St. Stephens Baptist Church FW
Kwanzaa Celebration 5p at Act of Change Dallas


Day 6 - Mon. Dec. 31 - Kuumba (creativity) &
Day 7 - Tue. Jan 1 - Imani (Faith)
The Dock Bookshop will be closed.
 
 
 
 

 

 
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
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Upcoming Events


CELEBRATING THE LIFE & LEGACY OF Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
MLK DAY AT THE DOCK
MON. JANUARY 21, 2019 

CHILDREN STORY TIME & PIZZA PARTY
2-4 PM
BOOK READ: If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement
by Gwendolyn Hooks
View Flyer
FILM SHOWING & TALKBACK
4-6 PM
FILM: I AM MLK JR
"I Am MLK Jr." tells the story and celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from an engaging contemporary perspective structured around seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement.
PANEL- COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
6-8 PM
TOPIC: Where Do We Go From Here
Join other concerned citizens in addressing issues facing the African American Community and determining.....Where do we go from here in 2019

U LIT TEEN OPEN MIC 
Saturday Jan 19 - 3 PM at The Dock
Teen Open Mic !!
Come support the youth! To RSVP or For more info call 469.528.0224  
RSVP

Concerned Citizens Local Organizing Committee
Presents NEW YEAR UNITY BUSINESS MIXER
THU. JAN. 17th 7-9 PM @ THE DOCK
Black businesses and professionals are invited to come and share! Bring business cards/flyers
The Community is invited to come, learn and support.Free Event. Presented by the Concerned Citizens Local Organizing Committee.

GET THAT BOOK PUBLISHED LUNCH AND LEARN 
Saturday January 26 ~ 12 noon - 2 PM @ The Dock
Whether it's a fictional novel, a guide book, or a manuscript - get that book published! Come learn and let us help you accomplished one of your goals for 2019!
Cost $10.  RSVP 

MEN'S BOOK CLUB
THU. JAN 24 - 7 PM @ THE DOCK
Book Discussion:What it Means When a Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
RSVP 

BOOK & AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

FIRST LADY OR NOT BY GABRIELLE BEASLEY
$15.00
 

ABOUT BOOK: There wasn't a sweet sixteen for Crystal like most girls her age. It was bitter-sweet as she waddled around alone, pregnant, and confused. Fast-forward twenty years and Crystal is still trying to right a wrong that she shouldn't have had to fix.Determined to emend her past misfortunes, Crystal runs to the church. But instead of making God her savior, she seeks her salvation from Marcus Powers, co-pastor of Freewill Baptist Church. Marcus is the love of her life and the very vehicle that will drive her to becoming a First Lady. A title she has wanted to own for most of her life. What Crystal fails to understand is that it will take more than being married to Marcus to make her a First Lady. If Crystal doesn't learn to un-blur the lines of her faith and flesh, she'll lose way more than just her self-worth.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Gabrielle Beasley is a Screenwriter and Playwright. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Radio, Television and Film Broadcasting from the University of North Texas. She's worked as an Associate Producer and currently is the CEO of the faith-based production company, Potluck Film Productions, in Dallas, TX. Gabrielle also volunteers in the Drama Ministry at the Potter's House church in Dallas, TX as a writer and stage manager. In 2014, she produced the stage play First Lady or Not and is currently turning this stage production into a film.