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.




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) .


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


Family Story Time
Women's Herstory Celebration
with Fort Worth Mayoral Candidate Deborah Peoples
Sat. March 23  - 2 PM @ The Dock
Bring the family out as we celebrate Women's Herstory Month
with drumming, story time, pizza party and more!

In Celebration Of Women's Herstory Month
BECOMING Book Discussion
Sat. March 23 ~ 4-6p @ The Dock Bookshop
Hosted by Sister Authors Pastor Darolyn Brock and Dr. Shantaun Taylor

Meet and Greet Candidate Mixer 
Thursday, March 21  ~ 7-8:30 PM at The Dock
All Candidates are invited to come and share. The community is invited to come, meet and greet the Candidates.
Presented by Concerned Citizens Local Organizing Committee in collaboration with Leadership ISD, The Brotherhood and Black Empowerment Movement.
Candidates RSVP via phone or text at 817.296.0288 or


Sunday March 3, 17     
1:30-3 PM at The Dock

West African Dance for all levels


Thursday, March 28, 2019 ~ 7-8:30 PM at The Dock
Black men reading, bonding & building

March Book Read:
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Books are available at The Dock  

Investor & Home Buyer Seminar 
Sat. March 23  ~  11:30a-1p at The Dock
Is it time for you to get out of the rent race and buy a home of your own?
There are plenty of advantages to homeownership. There are several perks of homeownership that tend to stay stable over time...come learn more  



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.