Kwanzaa with The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Celebrate Kwanzaa with live performances, informational presentations, a vendor’s market, and more.
Photograph courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Celebrate Kwanzaa 2023 with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at special events throughout the community, Dec. 26, 2023, through Jan. 1, 2024.

The events kick off on the first day of Kwanzaa with two Kinara lightings. The Wright will light the museum’s Kinara at noon alongside story time with Tatjana Jackson, faceprinting, and Unity Hustle for History. The museum will host this ceremony every evening through the end of Kwanzaa.

Head downtown afterward to see the giant Motor City Kinara lighting, which is located in Cadillac Square, between Bates and Woodward and is on display through Jan. 1, 2024.

Afterward, at 8 p.m., The Tuxedo in Highland park will host the Alkebu-Ian Village Kwanzaa Ball.

Historic King Solomon Baptist Church presents different educational programming hosted by a variety of organizations including Million Man Alumni, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Shrine of the Black Madonna, and others. Each program runs 6-9 p.m. and there’s one every night.

The event will also feature a vendor marketplace on Dec. 29 at the museum.

According to The Wright, Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as an African American holiday that aimed to unite the community after the Watts Rebellion. It celebrates seven principles, which include unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Admission to The Wright is $30 for adults and $15 for kids 5-17. Kids under 5 are free. The Kwanzaa celebration is free and open to the public. Hours vary by day and event.

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This post has been updated for 2023.