Celebrating the start of Kwanzaa

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Saturday, December 26, 2015
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The DuSable Museum will hold events during Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa begins on Sat., Dec. 26, 2015.

This year, the DuSable Museum of African American History is collaborating with Bolozi Wazee/Shule Ya Watoto, Council of Elders for the seven-day celebration.

Established in 1966 by Ron Karenga, Kwanzaa aims to reconnect Black America to their African roots and recognize their struggle as a people by building community. It is observed from December 26th through January 1st annually.

The term Kwanzaa was derived from the Swahili term, "matunda ya kwanza," which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa is based on African harvest celebrations.

Participants for the 2015 Kwanzaa Observance includes Najwa Dance Corps, Mansong Kulubally, Prince Ravanna Bey and the Thunder Sky Drummers, Dr. Obari Cartman, Kamm Howard, Chavunduka, Useni Perkins, Val Grey Ward and Professor Timuel Black.

Bonnie Deshong, the museum's director of external affairs, joined ABC7 to talk about Kwanzaa and the DuSable events.

DuSable days of observation and principles

Sat., Dec. 26, 2015, noon - 1:30 p.m. -- Umoja

Sun., Dec 27, 2015, noon - 1:30 p.m. -- Kujichagulia

Tues., Dec. 29, 2015, noon - 1:30 p.m. -- Ujima Ujamaa

Wed., Dec. 30, 2015, noon - 1:30 p.m. -- Nia Kuumba Imani

Bonnie Deshong joined ABC7 live at the DuSable Museum to talk about the celebrations.

Event: DuSable Museum Kwanzaa Celebrations

Dates: Dec. 26-27 and Dec. 29-30

Hours: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., Chicago (Roughly 57th & South Cottage Grove Avenue)

Admission: Free

Museum Opens at 10:00 a.m.

Visit the Museum's website at www.dusablemuseum.org