Wednesday, November 27, 2013


 Kwanzaa Founder Attends 2013 Celebration

WHEN: December 28, 12-4 PM
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: The museum offers a reduced admission that day of $5

Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Karenga (left) joins this year's Kwanzaa Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, turning the festivities into a historic one. Beat boxer Shodekeh performs, adding "a palpable energetic surge to any musical idea," exclaims arts writer Bret McCabe. The artist collaborates with the drummers of Sankofa Dance Theater for a genre-defying "Drum Talk." The colorful dance troupe is also set to dazzle audiences with storytelling, music, and dance throughout the day. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are presented by Culture Kingdom Kids through an interactive workshop. Visitors may also peruse crafts and other goods for sale at the African Marketplace. More info.

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture. Observed from December 26 through January 1, it originates from the first harvest celebrations of Africa.

 Holiday Craft and Ornament Workshop
December 7, 11 AM-3 PM
ADMISSION: Museum admission $1, part of Downtown Dollar Days.

Community artist Sallah Jenkins is on-hand to help families create crafts and ornaments for Kwanzaa and Christmas. The day includes a screening of A Ripple in Time, produced by local youth. They are members of Baltimore's Root Branch Productions, a film academy for youth filmmakers. The crew stays for a post-screening Q&A with the audience. More info.

 Soul Food on Film
WHEN: December 8, 2 PM
Museum admission $1, part of Downtown Dollar Days.

The holidays also mean food. Soul Food Junkies takes us on a journey of the history of soul food from West Africa to the American South. Winner of Best Documentary 2012 American Black Film Festival. A panel discussion follows with Michael J. Wilson, Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions; Naijha Wright, Restauranteur, Land of Kush; and Denzel Mitchell, Founder and Farm Manager, Five Seeds Family Farm and Apiary. More info and movie trailer.

About Dr. Maulana Karenga
He is professor and chair and of Africana Studies at California State University-Long Beach. He holds two Ph.D.'s, one in political science (United States International University) and another in social ethics (University of Southern California), as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Durban, South Africa. Dr. Karenga is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and books - including, Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics; Selections From The Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt; The Book of Coming Forth By Day: The Ethics of the Declarations of Innocence; Odu Ifa: The Ethical Teachings; and Introduction to Black Studies, 4th Edition. Dr. Karenga is the creator of the pan-African cultural holiday Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) and author of the authoritative text titled Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & CultureAbout the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is Baltimore's premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland's African American community. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum is the East Coast's largest African American museum occupying an 82,000 square-foot facility with ample permanent and special exhibition space, interactive learning environments, auditorium, resource center, oral history recording studio, museum shop, café, classrooms, meeting rooms, outside terrace and reception areas. The museum is located near Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the corner of Pratt and President Streets. The museum is also accessible on Baltimore's Charm City Circulator Orange and Green Routes. For more information, please call 443-263-1800 or visit