Kwanzaa’s 50th Anniversary is a Call for Unity, La Pintoresca Library Event Organizer Says

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Story and Photography by VERONICA AN

2:02 pm | December 27, 2016


The Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted a Kwanzaa celebration at the La Pintoresca Branch Library for the 28th annual celebration of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

“Kwanzaa is about unity and, this year more than ever, it’s important for all races and ethnicities to come together as a community,” said Pixie Boyden, President of the Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, which was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to reconnect African Americans with their roots. It also helps them to celebrate the best of their dual culture and past endeavors, explained Esther Watkins of Delta Sigma Theta.

“We have three red candles and three green candles and one black candle. The black candle represents the people. The red candles represent the people’s struggle and the green candle represents their hope for the future,” said Esther Watkins, Chairperson of the Kwanzaa celebration and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

The seven principles of Kwanzaa – Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Creativity and Faith – are represented by the Kinara or candle holder. The second day of Kwanzaa celebrated the principle of Kujichagulia or Self-determination which embodies the idea of speaking for yourself and maintaining integrity in words and actions.

Special guest, Chimbuko Tembo, the Associate Director of the African American Cultural Center led the kushangilla (rejoicing) and tamshi la tambiko (pouring of the libation). The event also included a performance of the Black National Anthem, storytime, a blessing by Dr. Phyllis Beech, musical performances and a celebratory potluck feast.

The Kwanzaa celebration will continue on Thursday, December 29 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the La Pintoresca Branch Library; 1355 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena.