Virtual Community-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration!

December 26, 2020 - January 1, 2021

6 - 7:30 PM

For more information, email
or call/text 734-819-8182
Kwanzaa Table
kwanzaa men
Family Kwanzaa
Young lady lights the way
Kwanzaa candles
How to Participate
Join us each day of Kwanzaa from 6-7:30 pm on ZOOM. Click on the Zoom link button and enter the Meeting ID# and Passcode
Meeting ID: 869 1706 1118
Pass-code: 431752
​Thank you to our Sponsors
Daily Kwanzaa Events

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Laurita Thomas

Joyce Hunter

Bette Thompson

Akili  & Lakita Jackson


The Akoma Portal

Friends of AACHM


Rossi Ray-Taylor

Ann Arbor NAACP Branch

Marshall Taylor and Amber Tselios of Command Z 

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Rev. Mashod Evans

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Yodit Mesfin-Johnson


Bryan Johnson

Thank You for Celebrating Kwanzaa

with us!

Day 7
Friday January 1, 2021

Imani or faith To believe in the people, in the teachers and in the leaders of the African-American community.


Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations: Tamara Tucker-Ibarisha

History of Kwanzaa: Elizabeth James


Kwanzaa Program: Leadership Panel:

Rev. Mashod Evans, Pastor Bethel AME Church, Ann Arbor

Yodit Johnson (President & CEO of NEW)

Bryan Johnson (President, AAPS School Board)

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Kwanzaa Karamu Feast!


Click on this Link and Register Early

50 free meals are provided by Sharon’s Food for Thought Catering, 

Pickup Friday, Jan 1, 2-3:30pm. 

Register and you will be called with pickup location. 

For questions, text or call 734-819-8182.

Menu includes chicken wings, collard greens with mixed cabbage, black-eye pea fritters with salsa verde, johnny cake, and pound cake. Meals without chicken can be requested during registration.


Dr Byron Douglass

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Debbie Taylor

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Elizabeth James

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Anthony Stewart

Day 6

Thursday December 31

Kuumba or creativity 

To beautify and benefit the African-American community.

Host: Debbie Taylor

Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations

History of Kwanzaa: Elizabeth James


Kwanzaa Program -

Guest speaker: Dr. Byron Douglass

Block Press Art Class: Anthony Stewart

FREE ART SUPPLIES for this class to the first 20 registrants

Click on this link to sign up!


   Gather your Block Press Art Class materials and prepare the workspace

  1. Sweet potato

  2. Speedball block press ink your color choice

  3. white paper or an old Christmas card

  4. X-acto blade or a paring knife from home.

  5. Working space with good light and good zoom connection. Kitchen table 

A great substitute for the Speedball ink, is a combination of  Acrylic paint and Crayola glue. 1:1 ratio mix 2oz. should be enough)

​Day 1
Saturday December 26

Umoja or Unity   To strive for and maintain unity in the family, in the community, in the nation and within the race.

Black Men Read Book Party: 11am-12 noon

(click on the link to register in advance)

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Host: Kenyatta Tucker

Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations: Elizabeth James

History of Kwanzaa: Elizabeth James


Kwanzaa Program:

Guest speaker: Dr. Todd Ester



Day 2
Sunday December 27

Kujichagulia or self-determination  To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created and spoken for by others.

Host: Akili Jackson

Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations: Lakita Jackson

History of Kwanzaa: Janelle Johnson


Kwanzaa Program: bring paper and pencil

IT Figures: Recognizing your Superpower



Day 3
Monday December 28

Ujima or collective work and responsibility  To build and maintain our communities together and to make our sisters` and brothers` problems our problems and solve them together..

Host: Ypsilanti Councilman, Anthony Morgan

Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations: Nehanda Jones

History of Kwanzaa: William Epps, V

Kwanzaa Program: Black Non-Profit Organization Panel

 with host Nakisha Chaney

Click on the link above, or copy and paste this address into your

browser for information


Day 4
Tuesday December 29

Ujamaa or Cooperative Economics 

To build and maintain African-American shops and businesses..


Host: Darryl Johnson

Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations: Kenyatta Tucker

History of Kwanzaa: Gloria Edwards

Messages from

Congresswoman, Debbie Dingell, MI-12 District

Field Representative Lamar Weir

Kwanzaa Program: Black Business Marketplace

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browser for information



Day 5
Wednesday December 30

Nia or Purpose  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Host: Shira Washington

Drum Call: Tariq Gardner

Pouring of Libations: Yodit Johnson

History of Kwanzaa: Elizabeth James


Kwanzaa Program

Guest speaker: Dr. Alford Young

click on the link below for video

African Americans and the Workplace in Ypsilanti


Tariq Gardner

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Tony Morgan


Debbie Dingell

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Darryl Johnson

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Dr. Todd V. Ester


Akili Jackson


IT Figures


Dr. Alford Young

Shira Washington