Milwaukee celebrates the first day of Kwanzaa

January 5, 2023

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

On Monday, December 26, 2022, the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 West Center St., presented the 2022 opening ceremony of Kwanzaa, an annual celebration of African American culture held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast of faith, called Karamu Ya Imani. It celebrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba. The first night is Umoja (Unity) which was hosted by the Wisconsin Black Historical Society; night two, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) was hosted by Africans On The Move. Night three, Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) was hosted by the Wisconsin Black Historical Society; the fourth night, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) was hosted by the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc.; the fifth night, Nia (Purpose) was hosted by Oni Onilu; the sixth night, Kuumba (Creativity) was hosted by the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, Ltd.; and the final night, Imani (Faith) was also hosted by Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, Ltd. Each night featured traditional rituals, music, dancing, poetry and local vendors selling African themed clothing, art, food and jewelry.

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

Photos by Yvonne Kemp

Photos by Yvonne Kemp