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

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

Celebrate Kwanzaa 2022 with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History at special events throughout the community on select days Dec. 22, 2022, through Jan. 1, 2023.

The events kick off on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. with a cooking class at Bridging Communities. During this class, Mama Ravin Regina will teach a little bit about the holiday as budding chefs prepare black-eyed peas and greens.


On Dec. 26, the first day of Kwanzaa, The Wright will be downtown for the all-new Motor City Kwanzaa celebration and the lighting of the world’s largest Kinara, which will be on display to the public through Jan. 1, 2023.

Meanwhile, The Black Legacy Coalition will present the “7 Days of Kwanzaa,” featuring organizations such as The Shrine of Black Madonna and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, every evening of Kwanzaa at Historic King Solomon Church.

The event will also feature a vendor marketplace on Dec. 29 at the museum, as well as a performance of “A Kwanzaa Night” by the Tradition Jazz Ensemble at Aretha’s Jazz Cafe on Dec. 30.

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 $15 for adults and $12 for kids 3-12. Kids under 3 are free. The Kwanzaa celebration is free and open to the public. Hours vary by day and event.

For more information, visit thewright.org.

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